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  • GA: Iconic Picture of Modern Crime Prevention

    03/29/2015 7:22:59 AM PDT · by marktwain · 16 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...
  • AL: Shooting is Deadly Force, even in the leg

    03/18/2015 6:08:21 AM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 18 March, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Chart from heyjackass.com, a site that tracks Chicago shootings Shooting a person is a deadly serious business.  There is always a chance that the person shot will die.  The latest statistics that we have from Wisconsin is that about one out of eight people shot die.  At the Chicago site shown above, the number for 2014 is about 1 out of 7  (2619 shot/375 killed)    That is from shootings that are treated in hospitals.  At least some people choose not to be treated.  We do not know what number that may be, but prison interviews have found that...
  • Mountain Lion Shot: Death Necessary

    03/17/2015 8:15:43 AM PDT · by marktwain · 20 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 18 March, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    A young mountain lion had taken up residence under a farm porch in Nebraska.  Nebraska has a growing population of lions.  As with most predators, when the young reach adolescence, they are driven from the territories of their parents.  The choice is stark, the proverbial natural order without food stamps, or magical lemonade springs.  Find their own territory with enough prey animals to kill and eat; or starve.  Most starve. This lion was a bit smaller than most adolescents.  Perhaps its mother had been killed in a fight with another lion, or had been fatally wounded by a deer...
  • Found at the Gun Show: Western Super X #7, Chilled 12 Guage

    03/16/2015 7:00:38 AM PDT · by marktwain · 15 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 16 March, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    This box of unfired Western Super X shotgun shells was found at the last gun show in Yuma.  A friend had it on his table, someone had bought it 50 years or more ago, set it aside, and never used it.  The box has some wear around the edges, but all the printing and color is clear.  The cartridges are just like new.  Just look at the roll crimp.  These cartridges were never loaded into a magazine. Number 7 shot is not common any more.  It is a useful size shot for everything from ducks to dove, but now...
  • IA: Gun Reform Bill Moves Forward

    03/15/2015 6:10:39 AM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 15 March, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    An Iowa gun reform bill is moving forward.  It has passed the House 75 to 24 and appears likely to be approved by the Senate.  A bill with much the same provisions has passed the Senate Judiciary Committee.  From thegaxette.com: The House voted 75-24 to send House File 527 to the Senate, where a similar bill has been approved by the Judiciary Committee. Rep. Matt Windschitl, R-Missouri Valley, said the bill “does many things to advance Second Amendment rights” such as allowing Iowans to get noise suppressors that are regulated by the federal government. It also makes gun carry...
  • WV: Constitutional Carry Goes to Governor Tomblin

    03/14/2015 4:20:21 PM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 15 March, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    The West Virgina Senate has made short work of confirming the passage of SB 347, also known as the Constitutional Carry bill. The bill was amended in the House to change the minimum age for carrying concealed without a permit from 18 to 21. It passed the House by a 71 to 29 margin, with 51 Republicans and 20 Democrats voting for the bill. Yesterday, 13 March, the Senate confirmed the amended House vote. Observers at opencarry.org predict that Governor Tomblin will allow the bill to become law without his signature: No one expects him to. He's expected to...
  • Three way Gunfight: Police and Homeowner vs Burglars

    03/14/2015 11:00:35 AM PDT · by marktwain · 17 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 15 March, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
     Jacksonville sheriff Director Tom Hackney Citizens and police make an effective team to stop crime.  Where there is high cooperation with, and trust of the police, crime rates tend to be very low.  In this case in Brentwood, Florida, cooperation went a bit further than exchanging information.   The police and homeowner cooperated in returning fire against criminals that had broken into the occupied home, refused to follow police orders, and fired at the police. In the Brentwood case, the homeowner had been victimized the day before, on 11 March, 2015.  His house had been broken into, and guns...
  • WV: Constitutional Carry Passes the House with Bi-Partisan Support

    03/13/2015 6:05:39 AM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 13 March, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    The West Virginia Constitutional Carry bill,  SB 347 has now passed the House.  The vote was 71 to 29.  This is a very comfortable, veto proof margin.  The bill was amended in the House to raise the age for concealed, permit-less carry from 18 to 21, on the 11th of March.  On the third read today, the 12th of March, it passed with 71 to 29.  The vote was both bi-partisan and sufficient to override a veto.  51 Republicans and 20 Democrats voted for the bill.   13 Republicans and 16 Democrats voted against it. One of the Republicans  who...
  • Dart Center Speaker Selection for Gun and 'Gun Violence' Workshop

    03/12/2015 6:03:40 AM PDT · by marktwain
    Gun Watch ^ | 11 March, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    The Dart Center in Phoenix is holding a "workshop for journalists on covering guns and gun violence".  It is funded from a grant by the Michael Bloomber organization, "Everytown for Gun Safety", a gun control front group.  I sent a two emails to the Dart Center contact about the workshop.  I was ignored, so I started digging for myself. One of the things that I found was a draft list of speakers for the workshop.  It was clear that the list is a work in progress, so I decided to assist the Dart Center with some obvious suggestions.   The...
  • Carrying Guns and Babies Class a Hit

    03/11/2015 6:26:38 AM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 11 March, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    A mother of three is conducting three hour workshops on carrying both guns and babies together.  She is a certified NRA instructor, and has had a very positive response to her class.  The first class took place in Johnston, Iowa, a small town in the middle of the state, on the edge of Des Moines.   Here is the ad that she ran on her facebook page: I cut the email and phone number out of the class because I was not sure that Melody Lauer would want them broadcast nationally.    In researching the article, I found that Melody...
  • Idaho Constitutional Carry and a "Secret Committee on Gun Law"

    03/10/2015 6:34:00 AM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 10 March, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Idaho House Speaker Scott Bedke I have been watching the drama in Idaho, as grassroots activists attempt to get constitutional carry passed in the state.  You would think that this would be easy; Idaho is a gun friendly state.  You would be wrong.  While Idaho has done a number of reforms in recent years, the constitutional carry bill is stalled.  The best attempt at understanding what is happening was compiled by Domandred, a contributor on freerepublic.com.  He wrote an essay explaining his view of the situation from inside of Idaho.   From freerepublic.com: Constitutional Carry is currently available in five...
  • Seen at the Gun Show:1896 Broomhandle Mauser Carbine

    03/09/2015 4:36:39 PM PDT · by marktwain · 25 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 9 March, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    You do not see many Broomhandle Mauser carbines.  Very few were made originally, and even later, non-factory modifications of Broomhandles and reproductions were not made in huge quantities.  I like to go to local gun shows at Yuma, but my schedule and the shows seldom seem to match these days.  This Saturday, I went and saw this Mauser at one of the tables.  It looked in very nice shape, and the owner was gracious enough to allow me to take pictures of it.    When I got back to my computer, I did a little research on the carbines.  Unfortunately...
  • WY:Three Republican Senators Kill Gun Free Zone Reform

    03/09/2015 5:19:21 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 8 March, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Wyoming seemed posed to repeal many of the gun free zones that have accumulated in the state over years of special pleadings, especially by the powerful education lobby.  HB0114 passed the house with an overwhelming 42 to 17 vote.  With a lopsided 26 Republicans to 4 Democrats in the Senate, the bill seemed assured of quick passage.  John Lott gave testimony in the Senate; his testimony was considered to be extremely effective. However, the Machiavellian politics of legislatures quickly became apparent.  Instead of the bill being assigned to the Judiciary committee, as was done in the House, it was...
  • Help wanted: What Ran on CNN Airport on 25 April, 2014, after 1100 Central time?

    03/08/2015 7:40:07 AM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 8 March, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    An Everytown activist has claimed that she was assaulted at the Indianapolis Airport on 25 April, 2014, as she was flying out of the city.  The 25th was a Friday.   It had to be after 1100 Central, because she is documented to have been at the Everytown press conference at that time.  Part of the story is that the person who assaulted her was watching a clip of the Everytown press conference that occurred earlier in the day, on the airport monitors just before the assault was alleged to have happened.   This all happened during the NRA convention...
  • MI: School Sued for Violating Gun Law

    03/08/2015 5:07:42 AM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 8 March, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Every one of the 50 states has some kind of firearms preemption law.   This makes perfect sense, as otherwise each town, county, and local government could enact a local ordinance to invalidate your right to keep and bear arms.   You could easily be placed in jail for an inadvertent violation of an ordinance that you never knew existed, just because you crossed an invisible political boundary.  Michigan has such a law.   MCL 123.1101(a) and MCL 123.1102 preempt local units of government from regulating firearms. School Districts are local units of government.  In Michigan, a number of school districts are...
  • LA: Rare Rifle Robbery

    03/07/2015 4:16:06 AM PST · by marktwain · 1 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 4 March, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    I occasionally see where rifles are used in crime.  It is rare enough that it is noteworthy.  The reasons are simple and easily understood.  Rifles are much harder to conceal, and criminals do not like to draw attention to themselves.  To rob someone, criminals want compliance; to get compliance, they need to be close.  If you are close, it is much easier to disarm someone who has a rifle than it is someone who is armed with a handgun. I was taught in the Army; a rifle gives you more to grab on to, and more leverage to twist...
  • M855 SS109 Cross Section of Projectiles (Bullets)

    03/06/2015 6:42:07 PM PST · by marktwain · 37 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 6 March, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    K. Gross made these images to show the inner construction of the M855 and SS109 projectiles, or bullets.  You can see the steel tip in front of the lead core.  The mostly copper jacket is the layer around the outside in the images. I do not have contact information for Mr. Gross;  I will gladly take down the picture or provide a link as he may desire.  I believe that he would like these images made available to inform the public.   Here is the definition of "armor piercing ammunition" from the applicable federal code: (B) The term “armor...
  • Video: John Lott and John Stossel - Debunking Bloomberg 6 minutes

    03/06/2015 4:42:02 AM PST · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 5 March, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    This is an excellent video where John Lott appears on John Stossel's show, and debunk's claims made by Michael Bloomberg's organizations.  It is particularly effective in showing that media reports are often gross distortions of the facts.  The old media sometimes completely reverses reality in their reporting. It is a good reference to link to when debating disarmists in the comments sections of various publications on the Internet.   People who are unwilling to accept facts or reason will simply ignore it, but most people do not have their minds made up.  They will consider the possibility that they are...
  • Video: Clerk Grabs Gun, Fights and Shoots

    03/05/2015 3:40:44 AM PST · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 3 March, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    This video shows a brave young clerk fighting off two robbers that are masked when they enter the store.  It happened on Friday, 27 February, 2015,  in a tobacco store in Lexington, Kentucky.   As one robber is trying to grab cash from the register, he puts down a small handgun.  While I can not clearly identify it, it looks similar to a RG-14.   The clerk, 21-year-old Ara Adil, grabs the pistol, and one robber runs off.  Then the remaining suspect attacks the clerk.  As they wrestle, she shoots him in the shoulder. Link to the video: The robber...
  • MI: Governor Snyder Signs Michigan Gun Reform of CPL Process

    03/04/2015 3:35:53 PM PST · by marktwain · 18 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 5 March, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Governor Rick Snyder has signed the concealed carry reform bills into law. Governor Snyder, who vetoed virtually the same bills only six weeks ago, signed them just hours ago.  Senate Bills 34 and 35 are now Public acts 3 and 4 of 2015.    The bills had passed with strong, veto proof majorities in both the House and Senate. County gun boards are eliminated by the bills, with a number of other reasonable reforms.   The gun boards were put in place in 1927.   In 1925, a black man, Dr. Ossian Sweet, had used a handgun to defend his family...
  • TX: Amarillo Open Carry in the Snow

    03/04/2015 1:37:12 PM PST · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 3 March, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Open carry Texas is keeping the heat on the Texas legislature.  This time with an open carry march in Amarillo, in the snow.  More than 2,300 open carry marches have been conducted in Texas in the last 18 months.  No other social movement has been as effective in organizing and gaining followers in the last few decades.  Open carry has struck a cord with the Texas gun culture.  Many became educated as to the state of the law.  Some could not believe that they did not already have rights that are commonly in place in most of the other...
  • TX: 911 Dispatcher can give bad advice

    03/04/2015 3:56:57 AM PST · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 3 March, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    The quality of the operator that you contact with a 911 call varies greatly.  Some departments start their officers as dispatchers, so that they understand what is happening on the other end of the line;  in some jurisdictions, the job is a political plum to be awarded; in others the position is a heavily protected union  job.  In many departments, the person answering the 911 call is a dispatcher; in others there are separate operators that hand the call to dispatchers.  In all cases, the operator or dispatcher is not there with you; they do not know what you...
  • TX: Cross Border Open Carry March scheduled for Texarkana 28 March

    03/03/2015 2:00:02 PM PST · by marktwain · 1 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 2 March, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Arkansas became a constitutional carry state in August of 2013.  It took about a year and a half, dozens of open carry marches, and a change of the Attorney General, for that fact to be generally recognized.  The picture above is one of the marches taking place in Little Rock.  I do not recall a single marcher ever being arrested for carrying a firearm.    From thv11.com: In 2013, former attorney general Dustin McDaniel issued an opinion saying he did not consider Arkansas an open carry state under act 746. We asked new attorney general Leslie Rutledge about her interpretation...
  • The Most Common Defensive Shootings That go Unreported

    03/03/2015 4:07:24 AM PST · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 2 March, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    An enormous number of defensive shootings are not included in the data about defensive gun use.  These are the shootings of animals, not in defense of people; those are often reported.  No, they are defensive shootings of animals in defense of other animals, and often crops or other property.  In defense of animals, the species most often shot are dogs. There are occasional cries of outrage when someone has to shoot a dog in order to save another animal.  They usually come from people who have no conception of reality outside their apartment or suburban home.  These people seem...
  • Maine for Constitutional Carry?

    03/02/2015 3:07:58 PM PST · by marktwain · 1 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 1 March, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Maine may be gearing up to pass constitutional carry.  A young state Senator has introduced a bill to restore the ability to carry concealed weapons without a permit.  He has gathered 96 sponsors for the bill, which is short and easy to understand.  From wmtv.com: Under the present law, it is illegal for gun owners to wear a jacket over their weapon unless they have a special permit.  Sen. Eric Brakey, R-Auburn has submitted a bill that he said he would restore Second Amendment rights. The bill has bipartisan support in the state legislator, with 96 sponsors. Here is...
  • WV: Senate Democrats Vote for Constitutional Carry

    03/02/2015 10:32:17 AM PST · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 1 March, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    L Constitutional carry, or permitless carry, has passed the West Virginia Senate with an astonishing 32 to 2 vote.   That means that 14 of the 16 Democrats in the Senate voted for the bill.  The two that voted against it were Sen. Ronald Miller (D) and Senator Corey Palumbo (D).   Perhaps the vote is not that astonishing. After all, this is merely the state of affairs that the country was in for most of its existence, nearly everywhere, before the Civil War, or War Between the States if you prefer.  Even after the war, most states did not criminalize...
  • NH: Constitutional Carry at Critical Point

    03/02/2015 4:42:24 AM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 2 March, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Constitutional carry is moving in New Hampshire.  The bill is SB116 in the Senate and HB582 in the House.  It passed the Senate on 12 February.  It was introduced by the Senate Majority leader.  Constitutional carry came within a hair of being passed in 2011.  Many believe that hamhanded tactics by the NRA representative killed the process.  In 2011, it had passed the House, 244 to 109.  Here is the analysis of SB116/HB582: This bill:I. Increases the length of time for which a license to carry a pistol or revolver is valid.II. Allows a person to carry a loaded,...
  • MO: Court Enforces Constitutional Protection of Right to Arms

    03/01/2015 9:16:35 AM PST · by marktwain · 1 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 1 March, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
       A St. Louis Judge has ruled that Missouri's tough new protection of the right to keep and bear arms is not just a paper tiger.  In the first ruling of its kind, the court ruled that a person cannot be prohibited from the right to keep and bear arms under Missouri statutes, for a non-violent felony.  From stltoday.com: St. Louis Circuit Judge Robert Dierker ruled that the Missouri law prohibiting felons from possessing guns is unconstitutional as applied in the case of Raymond Robinson, in part because it fails to differentiate between violent and non-violent felons.The amendment declares...
  • MI: Gun Reforms go to Governor Snyder again

    03/01/2015 3:50:00 AM PST · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 1 March, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Both houses of the Michigan legislature have passed their signature gun reform legislation.  The bills will be sent to Governor Snyder again.  In January, the Governor vetoed nearly identical bills over minor parts that had been trumpeted in the media as significant.   The legislature took out the minor parts of the bill that the media had objected to, and quickly passed the nearly identical legislation by large, vet-proof margins.  The bills make a large number of small changes to the administration of the concealed carry law, effectively making the law uniform state wide, and doing away with the 1920s...
  • Bloomberg Backed Gun Bill Dead in Vermont

    02/28/2015 11:12:38 AM PST · by marktwain · 18 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 28 February, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    A bill  pushed by Everytown for Gun Sense, a Mike Bloomberg funded operation, has floundered against intense grassroots opposition in Vermont. Vermont has some of the least infringements on second amendment rights in the country.  Vermont always had constitutional carry, with no permit required, for its entire history.  Vermont has always had one of the lowest crime rates in the country.   From burlingtonfreepress.com, a Gannet company: Supporters of the bill faced strong headwinds, including the opposition of Gov. Peter Shumlin and pushback from Vermont's hunters and police chiefs. The most controversial provision would have required almost all private gun...
  • Bloggers, get your applications in for Dart "Guns and 'Gun Violence' Workshop"

    02/28/2015 5:46:06 AM PST · by marktwain · 16 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 28 February, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    The above is a screenshot from the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma's call for applications from journalists to attend a "workshop for journalists on covering guns and gun violence". It is from the dartcenter.org website, so you can look for yourself. The workshop specifically includes an invitation for bloggers to apply. From DART: To help journalists and news organizations in the Southwest improve their reporting on guns and gun violence, the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma at Columbia Journalism School is organizing a two-day regional workshop May 29 and 30, 2015 for reporters, editors, news directors, photographers,...
  • Dog Owner's Lack of Care Results in Violent Death for two Dogs

    02/27/2015 9:40:54 AM PST · by marktwain · 44 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 27 February, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Animal owners are responsible for their animals and the actions of their animals. Dogs are not people. It is much harder for them to understand property lines and property rights. They have to be taught, and often, restrained. When dogs run free of their owners control, their instincts tend to take over, especially if there are more than one of them. Their instinct pushes them to bark at other animals, chase them, bite them, kill them, and eat them. If there is more than one dog, pack instinct kicks in and they bounce off of one another's behavior like...
  • Arizona Senator, Dr. Kelli Ward, acts to Remove Obsolete Weapons Bans

    02/27/2015 3:49:12 AM PST · by marktwain · 13 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 25 February, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Arizona state Senator, Dr. Kelli Ward, added an amendment to a bill on restoration of civil rights.  The amendment would remove several obsolete and arcane weapons bans.  The bill, SB 1460, would add second amendment rights to civil rights that are restored when a person who had been convicted of a felony petitions a court for restoration of their rights.  From havasunews.com: Her amendment to SB 1460 legalizes devices "made or adapted to muzzle the report of a firearm.'' Also gone would be prohibitions against any rifle or shotgun with an overall length of less than 26 inches, with...
  • Five Rounds Standard issue for a U.S. Army Guard?

    02/26/2015 7:28:34 PM PST · by marktwain · 85 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 25 February, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    I was either in, or worked for, the U.S. Army for over 30 years.  During that time I had some experience with what guards were issued for ammunition.   My brother brought my attention to a video done about F-15s in Bitburg, Germany, in 1981, at the height of the cold war, only a few year before NATO won.  It is titled "The Wing".  In the video you can see the Tech Sergeant being issued magazines.  He is issued four magazines, all have rounds in them.  He makes sure his chamber is clear, and inserts one magazine.  In the screen-shot...
  • Kansas Senate Passes Constitutional Carry

    02/26/2015 12:40:07 PM PST · by marktwain · 11 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 27 February, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    The Kansas Senate has passed SB 45, the bill that moves Kansas into the constitutional carry status of Arkansas, Arizona, Alaska, Wyoming, and Vermont.  If the bill passes the house and is signed by Governor Brownback, a person who can legally own a firearm and who is 21 or over will be able to carry a firearm concealed without fear of prosecution.   The bill, SB 45 had 26 cosponsors and was introduced by the Majority leader, Terry Bruce, of Hutchinson.  The bill passed with an overwhelming, veto proof, bi-partisan margin of 31 to 7.  The seven members that voted...
  • Rush Says Obama is Trying to Ban Ammunition

    02/26/2015 10:25:29 AM PST · by marktwain · 65 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 27 February, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Heard on Rush Limbaugh Show a few minutes ago.  Rush mentioned the ban on  SS109 and M855 ammunition being pushed by the Obama administration.  Rush said that when people began buying ammunition two years ago, the left said that they were kooks.  Now they have been proven to be correct. Rush did say that the ban was on specific ammunition, but that people should not be fooled.  They want to go after all ammunition, and they have to start someplace. Rush is not a "gun guy"; but he is a far sighted political thinker, and he can see the...