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  • OH: Another Concealed Carry Failure, Gun Stolen During Robbery

    04/25/2015 7:04:32 AM PDT · by marktwain · 28 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 24 April, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Over the past decade, there have been two reports of open carriers being attacked.   In one case, the attacker tried to grab the openly carried pistol; in the other case, the reason for the attack is unknown.  Both attacks failed.  There have been two other reports of open carriers having their firearm stolen.  One of those cases was in an area where an openly carried firearm was required to be unloaded. It is more likely for concealed carriers to be attacked, because the attackers do not know that they are armed.   The vast majority of criminals do not want...
  • TX: Grandma uses NAA Guardian to Stop Knife Attack

    04/24/2015 4:38:01 AM PDT · by marktwain · 18 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 22 April, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    From nbcdfw.com: “He stood there and we talked for a while, [him] just asking for directions and me giving them to him,” Turner recalled. “Never thought that when I turned my head that that young man would stick a knife to my throat.” But the 74-year-old grandmother had an option: An NAA Guardian that she had decided to carry with her that day. “I seen the gun laying there. And I figured that would work better than the knife,” Turner said. “I just reached down, got the gun and turned around and pointed it to his face. And I...
  • Knife Rights’ Texas Comprehensive Knife Ban Repeal Bill Needs Your Help

    04/23/2015 8:20:11 PM PDT · by marktwain · 24 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 23 April, 2015 | KnifeRights.org
    Texas Capitol Building KnifeRights.org Gilbert, AZ --(Ammoland.com)- Knife Rights’ bill to repeal the ban on prohibited knives in Texas needs your help. HB 3884 sponsored by Knife Rights friend Representative Harold Dutton needs to be heard as soon as possible in the House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee.The Chairman of the committee, Representative Abel Herrero, is a proven pro-Second Amendment legislator and we have no reason to believe he is holding the bill for philosophical reasons, but the clock is ticking and if the bill is not heard in committee very soon, it will end up dead for the session. In Texas...
  • OK: Armed Citizen tells Story to Media at Request of Sheriff

    04/23/2015 7:06:05 AM PDT · by marktwain · 15 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 22 April, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    In rural Pottawotamie county in Oklahoma, the Sheriff appreciates the efforts of armed citizens.  I was able to get in touch with the elder Alvin Cleere.   His son had captured a burglar by being observant.   The son, also named Alvin, had noticed a pickup truck at an property were it did not belong.  He checked things out and found that the truck was loaded with stolen goods.   From kfor.com: He discovered the truck was loaded with stolen property, matresses, fixtures- even a kitchen sink. This fed up crime fighter pulled the 45 from his pickup. “That...
  • WV: Case Illustrates how Fisticuffs Justify Deadly Force

    04/22/2015 9:57:22 AM PDT · by marktwain · 20 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 20 April, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    I have explained in previous articles how someone threatening to punch you is a potentially deadly threat.  People sometimes have a preconceived notion that a "fist fight" is  not a real threat.    Some of this may come from watching television and the movies.   Watching them, you can receive the impression that a punch to the head is no big deal.  That is not true.  A punch to the head is a very serious attack.  It can disable.   It can maim.  It can kill.  The head is a vulnerable target, which is why an attacker aims for it. Another...
  • Ed Peruta to Talk in Southern California on 25 April, 2015

    04/22/2015 6:10:39 AM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 22 April, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    When I was interviewing Ed Peruta, he sent me this notice of the event in Southern California where he will be giving a talk this Saturday.  It is in Ramona, California.  Ramona is located a bit North of San Diego.  Here is a map of the location: This website gives directions from a number of locations.   Here is a link to the website of the organization sponsoring the event.  When I talked to Ed, he struck me as a dynamic and motivational speaker.   I do not know if I will be able to attend, as I am traveling and...
  • OK: Judge rules Gun Ban on Streets and Sidewalks is Unconstitutional

    04/21/2015 1:11:19 PM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 19 April, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    In Oklahoma, Judge Thad Balkman ruled in favor of second amendment supporters when he issued a tempory restraining order to prevent the City of Norman from enforcing a ban on the carry of weapons during the Norman Music Festival.   The city argued that it was not banning weapons; only that the private organization that it had given control of city streets and sidewalks was banning arms.   From newsok.com: Bateman and Assistant City Attorney Rick Knighton argued that the festival operators essentially lease a three- or four-block area from the city for the special event. By doing so, they...
  • WA: Man who used .357 Sig to stop attacker was Open Carrying

    04/21/2015 4:17:43 AM PDT · by marktwain · 45 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 19 April, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    <p>Not certain if the above is the same Brandon Walker from Yakima, but it seems likely.</p> <p>The gun was carried "open Carry"</p> <p>It was a 357 sig We think this person was trying to get the handgun by knockout hitting him in the head with a aluminum bat.</p>
  • Texas Open Carry Passes Final Vote in House 101- 42

    04/20/2015 6:00:34 PM PDT · by marktwain · 45 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 21 April, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    The Texas licensed open carry bill has passed the third read vote in the House. An amendment by Dutton was added on the third read.  The substance of the amendment is that merely possessing a holstered handgun is not sufficient reason to detain or make an investigatory stop.   On the third read, an amendment must obtain a 2/3 majority to be approved.  This amendment reads: CERTAIN INVESTIGATORY STOPS AND INQUIRIES PROHIBITED.   A peace officer may not make an investigatory stop or other temporary detention to inquire as to whether a person possesses a handgun license solely because the person...
  • WI: Armed Husband stops Crime Spree

    04/20/2015 8:00:34 AM PDT · by marktwain · 13 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 13 April, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Criminals normally commit many crimes before they are caught.  If these crimes occur in a short amount of time, we call it a crime spree.  One of the ways these crime sprees are cut short is that the criminals encounter an armed citizen.  It happened in Madison, Wisconsin, on Friday, the 10th  of April, 2015.  From channel3000.com: MADISON, Wis. - Police said two men were arrested after a string of violent home invasions Friday on Madison's west side. A number of people were victimized, starting with a 90 year old woman, then a 22 year old noticed a burglary...
  • Modest Open Carry Reform Close to Passage in Texas

    04/19/2015 1:59:47 PM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 20 April, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    The massive efforts of the Texas open carry advocates, with thousands of open carry marches all over the state, seem to be about to pay off.  While second amendment enthusiasts may not get everything that they wish, they will have instituted a modest reform that moves Texas toward a return to the strong protections of a right to bear arms that it was born with.  Like the American revolution, the Texas revolution started with a distant government ignoring the rights of the people with an attempt to disarm them.    The original Texas declaration of rights of 1836 and the...
  • AR: Permit holder wins Gunfight with 20 Shots of 5.7

    04/18/2015 9:43:18 AM PDT · by marktwain · 17 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 18 April, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
     A Five-Seven pistol was successfully used for self defense in Arkansas on April 13, 2015.  More than 20 rounds were fired, 20 of them being fired by a permit holder armed with what appears to be an FN 5.7 pistol.  The casing on the left is being held by Henry Richards, who witnessed some of the gunfight.  If you look at the casing closely, it is clear that it is a 5.7.  The identifying characteristics are the rimless base shown by the extractor groove on the bottom, and the beginning of the bottleneck shown at the top.  An additional...
  • MS: Governor Signs 90% Constitutional Carry on April 10th (SB 2394)

    04/17/2015 5:15:19 AM PDT · by marktwain · 15 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 16 April, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    How do we classify Mississippi now?  In Mississippi, you do not need a license to carry a handgun openly.   Under very liberal restrictions, you will not need a license to carry a handgun concealed.  The new law goes into effect on 1 July, 2015, in two and a half months.  From the NRA-ILA: Late Thursday, Governor Phil Bryant (R) signed Senate Bill 2394, a bill prioritized for passage by Lt. Governor Tate Reeves and sponsored by Sen. Terry Burton (R), and Senate Bill 2619, sponsored by Sen. Haskins Montgomery (D), into law.  These two measures make critical pro-Second Amendment reforms, including a clarification that...
  • The legal dilemma posed by pistol-gripped shotguns

    04/16/2015 1:49:06 PM PDT · by marktwain · 39 replies
    Of Arms and the Law ^ | 14 April, 2015 | David Hardy
    <p>Interesting issue ... and here I'm referring to shotguns which were originally made with a rear pistol grip in place of a buttstock.</p> <p>Under the Gun Control Act, the issue seems simple: they are pistols. Very big pistols, but pistols. Thus they have been treated, and sold in large numbers over quite a few years.</p>
  • LA: 40 Shots Required to stop Determined Attacker

    04/16/2015 5:20:07 AM PDT · by marktwain · 15 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 13 April, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Sometimes, 7 shots are not enough.  10 Shots are not enough.  20 shots are not enough, 30 shots are not enough.  In the case related below, 40 shots were required to defeat a determined attacker. Most predators retreat in the face of resistance.  If a predator faces armed resistance very many times, they will be killed or wounded.  In nature, that makes for a short life.  But there are motives for aggression other than predation.  Defending territory and competing for mates are two of them, often intertwined.  Those conflicts are engaged in with fierce dedication.  Without territory or mates, ...
  • Significant Picture Placement at the NRA Meeting?

    04/15/2015 1:19:27 PM PDT · by marktwain · 17 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 12 April, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    My war was the Cold War.  I spent a good chunk of my career helping to develop weapons to counter the communist threat.  A chunk of our intelligence effort was spent attempting to determine what was going on inside of the Soviet Union, who might succeed who in the leadership, and what it might mean. Watching the NRA and trying to determine what is happening in its internal politics is much like that.  There are the public pronouncements, that tell us some of what happened, after the fact.  While the NRA elections can have a significant effect on select...
  • A Day With Mike Vanderboegh at the NRA Annual Meeting

    04/15/2015 6:13:27 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 15 April, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    I arrived at the NRA Annual Meeting in Nashville late on Thursday, the 9th of April, so I was able to get to the press room only a little after they opened on Friday morning.  Mike Vanderboegh was there.  I had met Mike a couple of years ago.  He looked and acted a lot healthier than he had in Houston in 2013, and he did not have to use a wheel chair.  He is someone who I have admired ever since I learned of his activities and the Sipsey Street Irregulars a few years ago.  I do not count...
  • Gun Turn In 'Buy Back': Homemade Shotguns for Cash

    04/14/2015 6:54:08 AM PDT · by marktwain · 45 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 13 April, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    In an unnamed gun 'buy back' that is reported to have occurred in June of 2014, These four homemade slam fire shotguns were turned in for cash.  The piece of pipe that acts as a barrel slides in the front.   It is much like the slam fire shotguns that were developed and used in guerrilla fighting in the Philippines in WWII.  From countercurrentnews.com: The self-described “gun rights activist,” who we are not naming, brought in a duffel bag full of home made, “slam-fire” shotguns (all of legal length). He was paid $50 for each of these improvised guns. This low...
  • SSI Exclusive: Negotiating Rights Away. Cynical Secret "Deal With The Devil" Confirmed. NRA, ATF&

    04/13/2015 5:31:29 AM PDT · by marktwain · 12 replies
    Sipsey Street Irregulars ^ | 12 April, 2015 | Mike Vanderboegh
    SSI Exclusive: Negotiating Rights Away. Cynical Secret "Deal With The Devil" Confirmed. NRA, ATF& bi-partisan group of politicians agree to save ATF from itself and widen the definition of "sporting purposes." "A hole big enough to drive Diane Feinstein's limousine through." From the press room of the NRA National Meeting, Nashville, TN: Sipsey Street Irregulars can now confirm the broad outlines of a story first disclosed two days ago by National Gun Rights Examiner columnist David Codrea. Last week, a secret deal involving the National Rifle Association lobbying arm and brokered by politicians of both national political parties was struck...
  • Open Carry at the NRA Annual Meeting in Nashville, 2015

    04/13/2015 4:42:24 AM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 12 April, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    There have been  a number of stories written claiming that functional guns are not allowed at the NRA annual meeting in  Nashville.  The New York Times ran  an article, and National Review ran  an  article debunking the claims in the New York Times.  Charles C. W. Cooke does a good job of debunking.   But pictures do a better job.   I noticed some people openly carrying arms inside the media room at the NRA meeting.  Glocks seemed to be favored, but I also saw a 1911 and a J frame Smith & Wesson revolver.  I asked for and took these...
  • KY: Surrender has to be Unambiguous to be Effective

    04/12/2015 8:07:37 AM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 11 April, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    In this case in Kentucky, the robber had a fake gun.  When the victim pulled his own gun, the robber resorted to a gesture that indicated he did not want a gun fight.  But the realistic fake gun was still in his hand. The clerk fired, the robber dropped the fake gun and fled.  His accomplices dropped him off at a closed Urgent Care, but bystanders called an ambulance and he survived, barely.  Link to video William Sexton's Accomplices Police Chief Rick Sanders joins a growing list of police and Sheriffs who have praised armed defenders.  From wlky.com: Sanders...
  • FL: 2A Rights During Emergency Bill goes to Governor Scott

    04/11/2015 4:22:45 AM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 11 April, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Florida second amendment supporters have been attempting to push a gun law reform that eliminate the current requirement that most gun owners leave their firearms at home during mandatory evacuations, potentially making them vulnerable to looters.   From the bill, SB 290: (2) Except as provided in subsection (3), a person who is 22 not licensed under s. 790.06 and who carries a concealed firearm 23 on or about his or her person commits a felony of the third 24 degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 25 775.084. 26 (3) This section does not apply to:...
  • MT: Denied a Jury Trial, Man found Guilty of "Illegal" Grizzly Killings with a .22

    04/10/2015 3:59:47 AM PDT · by marktwain · 57 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 8 April, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    In this case in Montana, a man, Dan Calvert Wallen, who shot three grizzly bears who were repeatedly raiding his property and killing his chickens, was denied a trial by jury, and convicted by the judge of illegally "taking" an unlawful species.  The penalty for each offense is up to six months in jail and a $25,000 fine. What is clear to anyone that studies bear problems, is that these were problem bears, and would have to be dealt with sooner or later.   The Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks service had attempted to trap the bears but had failed...
  • ND: Gun Law Reform Amended in Senate, returned to House

    04/09/2015 4:47:32 AM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 9 April, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    An omnibus gun law reform bill has been making its way through the legislature.  It was introduced in North Dakota by Representative Roscoe Streyle, from Minot.  The bill, HB 1241(pdf), would bring into law reforms that have proven popular in other states.   Among the reforms in the bill: 1. The restrictions on the use of legal gun mufflers and short barreled rifles for hunting would be removed.  These restrictions never made any sense, and are being eliminated all over the country.  35 states do not prevent the use of gun mufflers for hunting; no legislative purpose for the heavy...
  • "Assault Weapon" Tax Credit Bill would Encourage Manufacturers

    04/08/2015 5:41:37 AM PDT · by marktwain · 39 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 7 April, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
     Representative Rosa DeLauro Democrats in the House of representatives are expected to reintroduce legislation that would grant a federal $2,000 tax credit for turning in a gun to a local, state, or federal government authority.   The guns listed normally sell for far less than $2,000.  There are many millions of them legally possessed by individuals.  Admittedly, even if the bill were passed, it is unlikely that more than a few million people would take advantage of it, so the drain on the Treasury wold be less than 20 billion dollars.  That is hardly noticeable in our runaway, trillion...
  • CA: Torrance Police Settle for Illegally Destroyed Guns

    04/07/2015 5:53:34 AM PDT · by marktwain · 15 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 7 April, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    California, especially California cities, have had a bad reputation for decades, of legally stealing firearms.  This was primarily done with police officers confiscating firearms that they came across, without any crime being committed.  Department policy was then to refuse to return the firearm unless a court ordered them to do so.  As the process of obtaining a court order would ordinarily be much more costly than the price of a firearm, most people who had their firearms stolen by police simply did not bother in attempting to obtain a court order. The situation became so notorious that a law...
  • Ed Peruta Comments on the Peruta Case in the Ninth Circuit

    04/06/2015 5:52:35 AM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 6 April, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Ed Peruta initiated the lawsuit that became the Ninth Circuit Court case, Edward Peruta v. County of San Diego.  Not a lot has been written about the man who initiated the case with the potential to reform all the "may issue" concealed carry laws in the country.    Recently, Mr. Peruta wrote a comment about the Ninth Circuits decision to hear the case en banc.  I found the comment on a Hawaii publication.   Here it is.   From civilbeat.com: I have this comment regarding today's ruling from the Ninth Circuit: San Diego Sheriff Bill Gore has had the...
  • MT: Forensic Evidence doesn't match story. Result: Homicide Charges

    04/05/2015 2:50:22 PM PDT · by marktwain · 26 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 5 April, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Two years ago, in May of 2013, James George Stiffler shot a man who was burglarizing his home in Lewis and Clark County, Montana. The burglar, Henry Tomas Johnson of Helena, managed to make it to his car, but died before being able to leave the property. The case illustrates the ability of forensic science to determine details of what happened. From helenair.com: Henry Thomas Johnson, 37, of Helena, was shot dead in 2013 while apparently ransacking a home in Lewis and Clark County. Nearly two years later, the county attorney has charged homeowner James George Stiffler with felony...
  • TX: Self Defense or Aggravated Assault?

    04/05/2015 4:58:12 AM PDT · by marktwain · 21 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 5 April, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    It seems that Michah Grable attacked William McBride.  McBride accessed a firearm, and used it to drive off Grable, but he did not continue to pursue him or to shoot at him.  The case seems to revolve around timing.  Did McBride reasonably believe that he was still under threat?  Did witnesses think so? Both men were arrested.  Grable is out on $4,000 bond, while McBride is still in jail on $20,000 bail required by the court.   From kagstv.com: According to the probable cause statement, Grable was upset with McBride and confronted him in the parking lot of Jesse's Taqueria...
  • TX: Not Guilty, and Handcuffed; Woman Forced to Shoot Attacking Ex

    04/04/2015 8:26:47 AM PDT · by marktwain · 21 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 5 April, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    The young woman shown above was clearly justified in shooting the ex-boyfriend who attacked her.  There were witnesses.  She repeatedly attempted to disengage, and only resorted to shooting after being repeatedly attacked.  From clicktohouston.com: The woman said she was forced to shoot her ex-boyfriend in the leg because he was threatening to hurt her. Houston police said the man started following the woman near Highway 59 and South Gessner Wednesday morning and things escalated from there. Investigators said at one point he forced his way into her car and tried to crash it. Even though it was self defense,...
  • KS: Governor Brownback Signs Constitutional Carry

    04/03/2015 6:36:48 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 3 April, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Governor Sam Brownback said that he would sign the Kansas constitutional carry bill on Thursday, 2 April, 2015, and he did exactly what he said he would do.  The bill restores Kansas to very close to the legal status that the entire country was in regarding the carrying of weapons, when the second amendment was ratified. Governor Brownback complimented gun owners.  He said that they have shown them selves to be responsible.  From ksnt.com: Supporters of the bill said gun owners have shown they can be trusted to carry concealed. Brownback said gun owners have shown they are responsible....
  • KS:Breaking: Governor Brownback will sign Constitutional Carry

    04/02/2015 6:48:16 AM PDT · by marktwain · 15 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 2 April, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Today, April 2, 2015, Governor Sam Brownback of Kansas will sign SB 45, also known as the constitutional carry bill, into law.  The law will go into effect upon publication in the Kansas Register.  The bill restores second amendment rights in Kansas close to what they were when the Bill of Rights was ratified on December 15, 1791. The Kansas House Committee on Federal and State affairs passed SB 45, the constitutional carry bill on the 18th of March, 2015. The bill was supported by the Kansas State Rifle Association, The National Rifle Association, and The National Association for...
  • MS: Passage of 90% Constitutional Carry Appears Likely

    04/01/2015 6:12:24 AM PDT · by marktwain · 12 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 31 March, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    After a rocky start, Mississippi appears ready to pass a 90% constitutional carry bill.  Bickering among second amendment supporters seemed to doom constitutional carry in the state early this year.  Hard feelings were ignited between longtime legislative supporters of the second amendment, and serious, unfounded allegations were tossed about.   But it appears that those supporting the second  amendment in the Mississippi legislature have overcome those difficulties and passed a significant reform to restore second amendment rights on Friday, 27 March, 2015.  SB 2394  started off as an incremental reform to amend the concealed carry permit fees in Mississippi. ...
  • AZ: Second Amendment Friendly Verizon Store

    03/31/2015 6:28:52 AM PDT · by marktwain · 15 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 30 March, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    I had been meaning to update my phone for a long time.  I probably should have done it four years ago.  Finally, circumstances pushed me to do this necessary task.   Due, in part, to the insane federal restrictions on gun mufflers, I have suffered significant hearing loss.   I wanted certain technological inclusions with any hearing aids that I would use, and technology has caught up to my desires.  My audiologist and I came up with a solution that met my requirements, but the phone that matched up best was Apple's iPhone.  So I went from a five year old...
  • MT: Governor Bullock Vetoes Constitutional Carry

    03/30/2015 4:53:21 AM PDT · by marktwain · 15 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 30 March, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Governor Bullock (D) of Montana vetoed constitutional carry, HB 298.   It seems that he did so on Friday the 27th of March.  He did not give a good reason for the veto; he simply applied the "we require a permit for everything else" excuse.  Perhaps we need to rethink this excessive requirement for permission from the state before we engage in our daily lives.  Five states have constitutional carry, and there is no evidence that it causes any problems.  Governor Bullock recommended that the gun muffler reform in HB 250 be improved to include all legal hunting.  It...
  • GA: Iconic Picture of Modern Crime Prevention

    03/29/2015 7:22:59 AM PDT · by marktwain · 27 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 30 March, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    In Cobb County, Georgia, a passerby took this iconic picture of modern crime prevention.  In it, a bank robbery suspect, a black male millennial, is being held at gun point by a white haired and fit member of what appears to be the boomer generation.  It is clear that the armed boomer knows what he is doing and has the situation well in hand.  The iconic nature of the picture is enhanced in that it was taken by an ordinary citizen turned reporter/photographer on the instant. While not certain, the pistol used to stop the crime may well be...
  • FL: Shooter Found not guilty after 4 years in Jail; Driver serving 30 year Sentence

    03/28/2015 7:08:40 AM PDT · by marktwain · 14 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 27 March, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    In a bizarre domestic case in Florida, a jury has found the man who shot and killed his former girlfriend's boyfriend and severely wounded her, not guilty.  The father of the girlfriend's four children drove the shooter to and from the shooting, and had been the employee of the shooter.   The driver was also a convicted felon.  The shooting occurred in 2009.  The driver was convicted in 2010 and is serving a 30 year sentence for being an accessory to murder, after the fact.  From tbo.com: A jury last month found Eric William "Scooter" Bazemore guilty of the...
  • Breaking: Peruta to be Heard En Banc

    03/27/2015 7:26:26 AM PDT · by marktwain · 20 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 27 March, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    The commonsense ruling that the second amendment applies outside of the home in the Peruta court case in the Ninth Circuit will now be decided by a hearing of an en banc panel of the justices of the Circuit. Decided in favor of the plaintiff, procedural motions eventually led to a at least one judge calling for the en banc hearing, sua sponte.  Thought to be unlikely because of both the clear ruling and the rarity of en banc hearings, the Ninth none the less voted to hear the case en banc.  The notice of the vote was published...
  • Florida 'PolitiFact' Shows its Bias on Gators and Guns

    03/26/2015 5:40:48 AM PDT · by marktwain · 12 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 25 March, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    A recent article by a person on a web site misnamed "PolitiFact Florida" did some interesting checking of a claim in the current debate about allowing people with concealed carry permits to carry on Florida campuses, as they do in most other places in Florida.  As part of the testimony for the bill, Florida Students for Concealed Carry made the following claim: "According to the state of Florida, you are almost twice as likely to be attacked by an alligator than by someone who happens to carry a conceal-and-carry permit." PolitiFact Florida's Amy Sherman decided to check out the...
  • SD: Constitutional Carry Killed by Senate Committee

    03/25/2015 6:56:28 AM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 25 March, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    On the first of February, 2015, I wrote about a gun law reform bill introduced in the South Dakota House.   The bill included a number of reforms, including removing the restriction on the legal carry of concealed firearms by people who could legally own firearms.  The bill passed the House 44 to 23 on the 10th of February, 2015.   The bill looked like a shoo in to pass the Senate, with Republicans in the majority in the South Dakota Senate, with 27 Republicans and 8 Democrats. But there have been a number of Republicans who are not interested in...
  • Amendment to be Filed for 2A Case in Northern Mariana Islands

    03/23/2015 12:12:37 PM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 24 March, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    The Second Amendment case of the Radich family in the Northern Mariana Islands suffered an unexpected setback earlier this month.  A judge in the U.S. District Court dismissed the case.  From stripes.com: Earlier this month, a U.S. District Court judge dismissed the case because the Department of Public Safety commissioner does not have jurisdiction over importation of handguns into the Northern Marianas. The judge gave the Radiches the option to continue their suit by filing an amended complaint that includes the import ban and names the Customs Service as a defendant. The amended complaint is expected to be filed...
  • MT: Utility Company Lobbies against Gun Reform Referendum

    03/22/2015 10:17:37 AM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 23 March, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
     John S. Fitzpatrick, NorthWestern Energy NorthWestern Energy is a publicly regulated utility that supplies electricity, natural gas, and has coal and telecommunications operations across a broad swath of Northern states.  The company lobbyist, John S. Fitzpatrick, recently testified against a proposed bill to allow a gun reform referendum to be voted on in Montana.  Referendum that enhance the protections of the right to keep and bear arms have proven popular in a number of states.  The referendum would allow people to sue government entities that infringe on their rights to keep and bear arms under the Montana Constitution.  One...
  • Illinois Gun Owners Lobby Day, 2015

    03/21/2015 9:05:44 AM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 20 March, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    The Illinois Gun Owners Lobby day was held yesterday, the 18th of March 2015.  The idea of a gun owners lobby day has spread among the many grass roots organizations across the nation.  Over a thousand gun owners showed up at the Illinois capitol in Springfield on Wednesday.  This is not in response to a crisis involving the defense of the right.  The principle of that was won in 2013.     A shall issue law was passed in 2013, against the strong opposition of the Chicago Democrat machine, and a veto by Democrat Governor Pat Quinn.   The legislature overrode Quinn's...
  • MT: Constitutional Carry Goes to Governor Bullock

    03/21/2015 5:15:14 AM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 21 March, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    The Montana legislature has passed a constitutional carry bill to bring the last .6% of the state into harmony with the rest of the state.  HB 298 will make the legal conditions for the carry of firearms the same inside unmarked city boundaries as outside of those unmarked boundaries.  The bill passed the Senate 28 to 21.  It passed the House 56 to 43.  The Governor of Montana is a Democrat, Steve Bullock.  It remains to be seen if Governor Bullock will do the same as Governor Tomblin of West Virginia, and veto a popular bill when he sees...
  • WV: Tomblin Vetos Constitutional Carry

    03/20/2015 1:20:56 PM PDT · by marktwain · 19 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 21 March, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    You have to give West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin credit for Machiavellian use of power.  He cleverly waited until the legislature adjourned, sin die, before vetoing the popular constitutional carry bill.  The bill SB 347, would have removed some of the restrictions on carrying concealed weapons by those who can legally own them.  It passed with overwhelming margins and bipartisan support in both the Senate (32-2) and the House (71-29).  For a non budget bill, such as SB 347, simple majorities would have been enough to override a veto. Which is why the Governor waited until the legislature...
  • B. Todd Jones, head of BATF is Stepping Down

    03/20/2015 1:15:54 PM PDT · by marktwain · 20 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 21 March, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    It is much harder to take some one's pension after they have retired.  I suspect that B. Todd Jones has decided to leave the agency because his fingerprints are all over emails and other digital trails leading to the attempted, and likely illegal ban on M855 and SS109 ammunition.  From thehill.com: The director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is stepping down following controversy surrounding the agency’s proposal to ban certain types of ammunition. The ATF announced Friday that Director B. Todd Jones is resigning at the end of the month “to pursue other opportunities...
  • KS: Constitutional Carry Passes House Committee

    03/20/2015 5:42:52 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 19 March, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    The Kansas House Committee on Federal and State affairs has passed SB 45, the constitutional carry bill, to the full House today, the 18th of March, 2015.  This bill is one of several constitutional carry bills moving in state legislatures around the country.  A similar bill is sitting on Governor Tomblin of West Virginia's desk.  It passed with large veto proof margin in both houses.  From my reading of West Virginia law, we should find out the fate of that bill on Friday. The Kansas bill, SB 45 is about half way home.  According to the chart of how...
  • WV: Governor Tomblin has until 20 March Veto, Approve, or Ignore Constitutional Carry

    03/19/2015 11:47:05 AM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 18 March, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    SB 347 is a gun law reform bill that removes restrictions on carrying weapons from people who can legally own guns.  It does *not* eliminate the West Virginia concealed carry permit.  It makes the permit optional while in West Virginia.  It has become the focus of national attention, as phone banks paid for with former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's money vie with grass roots activists in West Virginia for Governor Tomblin's attention. From wsaz.com: CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A bill that would abolish West Virginia's conceal carry permit law has passed through the House and Senate, and now...
  • NC: Criminals Shoot Criminals

    03/19/2015 6:10:16 AM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 18 March, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    The most common murder is of a person with a long criminal and violent history, by another person with a  long criminal and violent history.  They usually occur in geographically small areas know for crime and violence, where people have no faith in the police.  David Kennedy has done enormous work in showing that this is so, as has John Lott.  However, what most people don’t understand is that this “acquaintance murder” number also includes gang members killing other gang members, drug buyers killing drug pushers, cabdrivers killed by customers they picked up for the first time, prostitutes and...
  • TX: Open Carry Passes the Texas Senate

    03/18/2015 10:21:29 AM PDT · by marktwain · 9 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 19 March, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    The Texas Senate passed an open carry bill on Tuesday, 17 March, 2015.  The bill removes restrictions on the open carry of weapons that dates back to reconstruction, when radical Republicans changed the Texas Constitution to disarm former confederates, and which Democrats kept in place to disarm freed slaves and Hispanics.   The bill passed on partisan lines, with 20 Republicans voting for it and 11 Democrats voting against it.  A minimum of 19 votes was required for the bill to make it out of the Senate.  From woai.com: The vote was 20-11, right along party lines, for a measure...