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  • OH:Private Buyers Compete for Guns at Toledo Turn In "buy back"

    09/18/2014 4:27:07 PM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 16 September, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    I missed the notifications of this 8 September 2014 event.   It seems that those notifications are coming closer and closer to the event date, almost as if those conducting the events do not want anyone to do any pre-planning.   Toledo has a checkered history of police bullying private buyers and sellers.   Buckeyefirearms.org did a great job of exposing this last year, with four videos:  Video 1, Video 2, Video 3, and Video 4.  It did not matter much.  There were plenty of private buyers there this year. This year, the police seem to have learned more about the law. ...
  • VA Letter of Revocation of Second Amendment Rights

    09/18/2014 4:53:24 AM PDT · by marktwain · 13 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 16 September, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    This image of a VA letter revoking second amendment rights based on PTSD diagnosis appears to be legitimate.   I do not recall ever seeing this type of revocation being challenged in the courts.   As the decision is a bureaucratic one, not one that was made with due process through the courts, a challenge other than the appeal process might hold promise. The point here is that the VA should not have the power to unilaterally make this decision without court oversight.  The existence of an appeals process is not, in my opinion, sufficient due process.   I do not know...
  • TX: Dramatic Video of Gunfight

    09/17/2014 11:11:12 AM PDT · by marktwain · 25 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 16 September, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    The man attempting the robbery appears to have a pistol gripped shotgun of unknown make.    In the video, it is clear that he hides the shotgun until he starts to attempt the robbery.   In the narrative, it is unclear exactly what happens next, whether the father pulls out a gun and tells the robber to leave after the daughter is threatened, or whether the father hands the gun to the 20 year old son,  or whether the son takes the gun from the father, and then shoots the robber.  It seems most likely that the father handed the handgun...
  • Another Mayor Says: Thousands are Killed by Guns

    09/17/2014 5:36:18 AM PDT · by marktwain · 17 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 15 September, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
     Mayor Hodges of Minneapolis is all wet. I recently wrote about Mayor Sly James of Kansas City saying that "Too much violence is committed by guns".   I was skeptical that he had actually said that, because the Mayor is a well educated man, and served on active duty as a Marine.   It is a nonsensical statement to say that violence is committed "by" guns.   It transfers volition and responsibility to an inanimate object.  But, with another Mayor saying much the same thing, I begin to wonder. Minneapolis Mayor Betsey Hodges, at a "Gun Violence" conference in Milwaukee, used the...
  • 3D Printed Imura Revolver Hybrid Development

    09/16/2014 12:29:12 PM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 15 September, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    An innovative 3D printed hybrid revolver design is being worked on as tribute to 3D printings first martyr,  Yoshito Imura.  Imura was arrested for 3D printing some plastic, blank firing guns in Japan.  The development would fire from the bottom of the cylinder, as did the original blank firing plastic gun.   The new design has hybrid features, including steel chamber sleeves and barrel liner.  As seen in this computer image of the developing design, the revolver is meant to be double action; that is, one pull of the trigger will rotate the cylinder, cock the striker, and release it,...
  • Florida looks to Expand Legal Hunting with Gun Mufflers

    09/16/2014 4:46:41 AM PDT · by marktwain · 17 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 15 September, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    While the United States leads the world in most ways, it has lagged in the adoption of mufflers for guns.   In most of Europe, mufflers on guns are not controversial.   In Finland, ownership, manufacture, sale, distribution, and use of gun mufflers is a constitutional right.   On most of the continent, gun mufflers are easier to acquire than firearms; their use is considered good manners. Not so in the United States.   Due to a weird quirk in firearms law passed during the Roosevelt administration, gun mufflers require a $200 dollar tax to be paid to the federal government.  Processing of...
  • PA: Legislature to Vote on Gun Law Reform

    09/15/2014 3:16:42 PM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 15 September, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    The NRA is reporting that an important gun law reform will be coming up for a vote this week.  From the nraila.org: Next week, the Pennsylvania Legislature returns from its summer break, and the NRA has learned that the state House of Representatives may be considering a vote on House Bill 2011 as early as next Monday.  This critical firearms preemption legislation is needed to strengthen and provide consistency in Pennsylvania’s firearm and ammunition laws throughout the state.  To date, nearly fifty municipalities have enacted illegal local gun control ordinances including Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Lancaster, Reading and the state capital...
  • AZ:Armed Robbery: Distraction = Death

    09/15/2014 8:44:06 AM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 15 September, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    A common theme in the failure of armed robbers is the problem of becoming distracted, if only for one or two seconds.   That is all the time a prospective victim needs to access a weapon and strike a fatal blow or three.   Robbers want compliance and money or goods.   They generally do not want murder, at least until after they get the goods or money, which compliance helps them to obtain.   In this case in Phoenix, the would be robber was distracted, and loses the subsequent gunfight.   From kpho.com;  Crump is a police Sargent: The suspect walked up to...
  • Finally Waving the White Flag on the Assault Weapons Ban

    09/15/2014 6:23:18 AM PDT · by marktwain · 26 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 12 September, 2014 | Reid J. Epstein
    Twenty years after the since-expired assault weapons ban passed Congress, Washington’s leading liberal think says it’s no longer an idea worth pursuing. The Center for American Progress is waving a white flag on banning assault weapons in a study out Friday titled “Assault Weapons Revisited.” CAP authors Arkadi Gerney and Chelsea Parsons argue that gun control advocates focus their energies primarily on expanding background checks and firearms licensing laws instead of pushing to prohibit assault weapons like the AR-15 rifle. “The answer is not that assault weapons aren’t dangerous and people having access to them is a good thing,” Mr....
  • Charles Krauthammer, the Assault Weapon Ban, and Shannon Watts

    09/14/2014 5:01:15 PM PDT · by marktwain · 27 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 10 September, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    On April 5th, 1996, Charles Krauthammer gave his reasons for supporting the 1994 Clinton Assault Weapon Ban.   The column was called "Disarm the Citizenry.  But Not Yet." in the Washington Post.   Ultimately, a civilized society must disarm its citizenry if it is to have a modicum of domestic tranquillity of the kind enjoyed in sister democracies like Canada and Britain. Given the frontier history and individualist ideology of the United States, however, this will not come easily. It certainly cannot be done radically. It will probably take one, maybe two generations. It might be 50 years before the United...
  • MO: KC Mayor James "Violence is committed by guns." ?

    09/14/2014 6:42:48 AM PDT · by marktwain · 28 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 13 September, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    There has been much talk about how "progressives" do not believe in individual responsibility.  There is the stereotype that liberals attribute volitional powers to firearms, that firearms cause violence.   In anticipation of the veto override  of SB656 in Missouri, Mayor Sly James gave a speech in Kansas City, MO. The transcript from fox4kc.com shows: Violence, the mayor says is committed by guns. I listened to the video of the speech.  That sentence is not recorded from Mayor James, but is reported as being said by Kerri Stowell of Fox4news.  As I heard it , she said that Mayor James...
  • The Lethality of Shootings in Wisconsin

    09/13/2014 5:07:14 PM PDT · by marktwain · 15 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 13 September, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    How many people who are deliberately shot survive, compared to those who are shot and killed?  Some early work on this subject was done decades ago.    In 1985, Cook found that about 15% of assault linked gunshot victims that were known to police, died.  That would be a ratio of 5.67 to one. A recent study by the Urban Institute(pdf) helps to shed some light on this ratio.  It gives fairly precise figures for firearm assault injuries that are reported by hospitals, for Black males 15-34. By finding the ACS numbers for the population of 15-34 year old...
  • SC: Victims takes Robbers Gun, finds Gun was Stolen

    09/13/2014 6:14:45 AM PDT · by marktwain · 11 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 12 September, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    I have read thousands of stories of citizens fighting criminals, and usually winning, especially if they are armed.   In very rare cases, the criminal takes a weapon from an armed citizen.   It seems to be a bit more common for a citizen to take a weapon from the criminal.   It makes sense when you consider that the citizen has a lot more to lose than the criminal.  Criminals, by their actions, have shown that they have no concern for the rights of others, so a victim has reason to fear for their life.   Most citizens...
  • Governor Christie Watching Shaneen Allen Gun Case

    09/12/2014 4:21:45 AM PDT · by marktwain · 16 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 11 September, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Governor Christie is closely following the Shaneen Allan case.  This fact was mentioned at the tail end of an article about New Jersey lawmakers attempting to reform the State's gun laws, which are some of the most restrictive in the country.  From cbslocal.com (NewYork): Christie says he’s been following the case closely but doesn’t like to intervene in cases until they’ve had the opportunity to work their way through the judicial process. “I don’t like to intervene in the judicial process until the judicial process has an opportunity to work its way through,” he said. “I think then and...
  • MO: Legislature Overrides Nixon's(D) Veto, Restores Gun Rights

    09/11/2014 4:40:10 PM PDT · by marktwain · 9 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 12 September, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Today, September 11, the Missouri House Joined the Missouri Senate in overriding Governor Nixon's (D) veto of SB 656.    From wsvn.com: The new regulations, which this time garnered the two-thirds majority needed to override Nixon's veto, take effect in about a month.  Here are the primary reforms that will be enacted with SB0656:  Guarantees the right to posses arms in public housing  Forbids physical restraint or disarmament unless there is an arrest or an articulable and reasonable suspicion of criminal activityMandates that  POST  determine the training standards for school protection officersAllows school districts to designate school protection officersForbids health...
  • ID: Coeu d'Alene City Council Scoffs at the Law

    09/11/2014 3:57:53 PM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 10 September, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Coeur d'Alene City Council. Idaho, as with most states, has a preemption statute that guarantees uniform gun laws across the state.  The laws have proven to be popular in the United States.  All states have some form of preemption.   In New York, courts have ruled that the State handgun licensing law preempts local ordinances.  The laws vary in their application by state.  The Idaho Second Amendment Alliance is pushing Idaho governments to follow the state law.   Most have been doing so, at least when notified.  Coeur d'Alene seems to have less respect for the rule of law than most.  ...
  • Second Amendment Supporters Buy Best Guns at Cleveland "Buy Back"

    09/11/2014 4:34:29 AM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 10 September, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    At the recent Cleveland gun turn in event, "buy back", the public turned in 270 guns to the police.    Second amendment supporters were there in force, and purchased about 100 guns, some of the most valuable of those brought to the event, for cash.   From guns.com: “Overall we saved about 100 guns. Anything worth saving was saved. I would say less than 10 guns of actual value made it through us to get turned in to police. If the guns weren’t worth anything, we directed them over to the police to at least get something for them. And we...
  • Americans For Responsible Solutions Makes offer, Reneges (Giffords,Kelly anti-gun)

    09/10/2014 4:12:00 PM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 10 September, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Americans for Responsible Solutions Pac, the political fundraising group created to turn Gabby Giffords tragedy into a way to raise money and disarm Americans, made what I thought was a very reasonable offer. I was alerted to the offer by a member of the Arizona Citizen Defense League (AZCDL).   In short, Mark Kelly's group says that they will send you their latest propaganda book for a donation of any amount. I'll tell you more about the book itself in a second, but here's our offer. Contribute ANY amount you think is fair to support our work at Americans for...
  • TX: Dove Hunting Disaster

    09/10/2014 3:46:30 AM PDT · by marktwain · 19 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 9 September, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Hunting in the United States is an extremely safe sport, much safer than swimming, football, baseball, or soccer.   Accidents are rare.   Accidents involving five year olds are rarer still.   When they happen, they make national news. In Humble, Texas, a five year old accidentally shot himself while he accompanied his 11 year old brother who was hunting dove. I started hunting independently, about the same age, often accompanied by younger brothers.  I can relate, and feel an intense sympathy for the young man, his brother, and the family.    From abc13.com: Neighbors filled in the gaps, telling us the boys...
  • Pushback at Cleveland Gun "buy back"

    09/09/2014 12:49:21 PM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 8 September, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    There have been many academic studies showing that gun turn in events, also known by the propaganda term "buy back", have little or no known effect on crime.   They are considered a waste of police resources.  They are also a waste because there is no reason to destroy the valuable firearms collected, other than to send the propaganda message that guns are bad and should be destroyed. Several states have enacted legislation to stop this practice.  If those who organize these events wished to make them more effective, they would coordinate with private buyers so that valuable guns would...
  • Lawsuit Filed Against Gun Ban in Northern Mariana Islands

    09/09/2014 4:33:33 AM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 7 September, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    With the 9th Circuit ruling in Peruta, Guam, Hawaii, and the Northern Mariana Islands can no longer sustain heavy restrictions on the ownership and carry of handguns.   Guam has already reformed its law.  Hawaii has a ruling against it and is waiting to see what  happens with the Peruta decision.   Now the Northern Mariana Islands have had a lawsuit filed against them to repeal the total ban on the ownership and carry of handguns.   It is hard to see how such a ban can stand, given the decisions in Heller, McDonald, and Peruta.   The lawsuit has been filed by...
  • Cleveland Turn In (buyback) will Destroy Valuable Guns

    09/08/2014 2:56:36 PM PDT · by marktwain · 13 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 7 September, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Cleveland held its annual gun turn in "buy back" today, 6 September.   People turned in 270 firearms.  The term "buy back" is a pure propaganda term, because the guns never belonged to the people who are buying them.   From 19actionnews.com: The Cleveland Police Department's eighth annual buyback seemed successful, taking in 270 weapons during the event, including seven shotguns, 10 rifles and 253 handguns. Some of the guns were much more valuable than the $100 gift card given for handguns, or the $200 gift card given for semi-automatic long guns.   Some of the guns, such as the older...
  • Jason's First Hunt

    09/08/2014 4:39:41 AM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 7 September, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    I recently posted about taking Joe hunting, and how he is now capable of hunting on his own.   Joe is on the right, Jason is on the left.  Last year, Jason expressed an interest in hunting, but we were not able to make it happen.   This year, I was able to take Jason on his first hunt. I arrived to pick up the young hunters.   A mistake had been made in setting the alarm clock, so no one was up, and I was knocking on the door at 5:15 a.m.   They got up shortly, and we were able to...
  • Help needed: Age distribution of Black Population in Wisconsin

    09/07/2014 7:33:24 PM PDT · by marktwain · 13 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 8 September, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    I am working on an article where I need age distribution of Black males in Wisconsin. I need the number of Black males in Wisconsin 15-35 years old in 2010. 2010 is a census year, so you would think it would be easy to find, but I have not found it so far. I have found a reference for the national figures in wikipedia, but not for the state figures. Any help would be appreciated. I would also like the numbers for Hispanics of the same age and sex in 2010 in Wisconsin. I have estimates based on percent of...
  • AZ:.22 Rimfire Spotted in Yuma

    09/07/2014 3:01:18 PM PDT · by marktwain · 59 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 7 September, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    .22 rimfire is starting to become more available, as tremendous demand is being met.   From around the country I am hearing reports of more .22 rimfire being available, though supplies are still not sufficient to keep stores stocked. My friend Jerry needed to purchase some shotgun ammunition for dove hunting, as I was taking his son and friend out as beginning hunters.   We drove to Wal Mart.   Shotgun ammunition has never been in short supply.   Wal Mart was out of dove loads!  Shooting dove with duck loads or buck shot is not a good idea.   I should explain that...
  • Civilian-legal IR laser illuminator

    09/07/2014 1:44:50 PM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Weaponsman ^ | 5 September, 2014 | Weaponsman
    So L3 Communications, the makers of the PEQ-15, have made a civilian-legal Class 1 version, which they call the ATPIAL-C (“C” for “Commercial”). It’s basically the PEQ-15, made on the same production line out of most of the same parts, just without the high-energy mode. Even side by side they’re hard to tell apart. (Look at the laser safety label — the ATPIAL-C has a triangular warning icon, as befits its lower-energy laser, and the PEQ-2 the red starburst of an eye-unsafe laser). What you give up with the -C model is some range on the laser pointer, a lot...
  • CA:Long Beach store employee uses shotgun to stop pipe attack following dispute

    09/07/2014 8:02:09 AM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies
    presstelegram.com ^ | 3 September, 2014 | Beatriz Valenzuela
    LONG BEACH >> A Long Beach store employee used a shotgun to frighten off two men and a teen following an alleged attack with a pipe in the business Wednesday afternoon. Around 1:30 p.m., police were called to a business in the 2800 block of E. Anaheim Street regarding an assault after the trio became involved in a dispute with employees resulting in a physical attack, said Nancy Pratt, spokeswoman for the Long Beach Police Department. During the argument, one of the three struck an employee with an object found in the business. Initial reports indicate it may have been...
  • Naked man shot and killed after fight

    09/07/2014 7:55:59 AM PDT · by marktwain · 19 replies
    Fox17online.com ^ | 6 September, 2014 | Chris Poturalski
    GREENVILLE, Mich.- A 28-year-old man is dead after a fight inside a home Saturday morning in Greenville. According to Greenville Dept. of Public Safety Director Mark Reiss, officers in the area of the 100 block of S. Barry Street heard a single gunshot around 7:30 a.m. Saturday morning. When officers arrived on scene, they found a 28-year-old man from Gowen deceased on the floor, naked. The man had been shot by the homeowner.
  • WI:Armed Citizen Stops Crime Spree

    09/06/2014 12:51:22 PM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 6 September, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    In and example of armed citizen stopping crime, a 30 year old West Allis man defended himself and others against an attempted armed robbery by a group of four.  He shot and killed one of the suspects, a known gang member with a long criminal history at the age of 15. The police or prosecutor have not said that the armed citizen had a concealed carry permit.   it seems likely, as he was not charged or arrested, at least not yet.  Perhaps he was openly armed, which does not require a permit.  Police have arrested five more people that...
  • FL:Criminal Offers to "Mow Lawn" if let go

    09/06/2014 4:43:16 AM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 5 September, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    When dealing with criminals, it is important to know that they cannot be trusted.  They lie.  If you are holding them at gunpoint, they are likely to tell you anything that they think will be to their advantage.   You might hear a sob story to the effect that they needed money for their children's shoes, or that this is the "first time" this ever happened.   An interesting example just occurred in Florida, where a burglary suspect offered to mow his victim's lawn.  From myfoxtampabay.com: Cihak saw Remley digging through his living room and then fired two shots after he...
  • AZ:Open Carry at Kroger's (Fry's)

    09/05/2014 4:50:02 PM PDT · by marktwain · 16 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 5 September, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    I had read about Moms Demanding Action's strident calling for a boycott of Kroger's over MDA's dislike of the exercise of the second amendment.  I had also read the new media's urging to show support for Kroger's polite reply that the MDA's should mind their own business.   Of course, political manipulation is the MDA's business... and that runs exactly contrary to the limits on government that allow for toleration of others. So I stopped at Fry's and filled up the tank.   I was open carrying, as I usually am in Arizona, especially at this time of year.  Opening day...
  • NE: Woman, Gun, Dog, and Burglary Suspect

    09/05/2014 10:07:33 AM PDT · by marktwain · 13 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 5 September, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    It happened in Omaha, Nebraska early on Tuesday morning.  Barb Haley was home alone, with her dog, Dozer.   Her husband was traveling for work.   She awoke to go to the restroom when Dozer ran out of the bedroom, barking.    Barb found the garage door open and drawers that appeared as if someone had rifled through them.   When she heard a crash, she retrieved her husband's pistol from the nightstand. If this is the correct timeline, it would have been better for her to retrieve the pistol when the Dozer alerted.  It is not a good idea to leave an...
  • Joe Becomes a Hunter

    09/04/2014 8:42:26 AM PDT · by marktwain · 21 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 3 September, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Last year, I wrote about mentoring a new hunter.   It is harder to bring new hunters into the gun culture now than when I was a child.   When I started hunting at age 11, with an air rifle on the farm in northern Wisconsin, I grabbed a gun, stepped out the door, and was hunting.   My father had carefully told me what pests I could hunt.  In  a year, I was using a real rifle,  a .22.  My father taught me to shoot, but most of my early hunting was alone or in the company of one or...
  • Update: Cheap Gun Opportunity in Cleveland Saturday, Details

    09/03/2014 7:52:22 AM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 3 September, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Here are the details for the gun turn in event in Cleveland, Ohio on Saturday, 6 September,  2014.  While these events are commonly labeled with the propaganda term "buyback" the guns were never owned by the people attempting to buy them. The event will be held at the same location that it was last year, Public Safety Central, 2001 Payne Avenue.  It will run from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.  From newsnet5.com: In exchange for the working handgun or semi-automatic weapon, people will get either a $100 or $200 Target gift card or a gift card for gas or...
  • ID: Twin Falls Repeals Illegal Gun Ordinance

    09/01/2014 3:37:36 PM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 1 September, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Idaho, as with most states, has a preemption statute that guarantees uniform gun laws across the state.  The laws have proven to be popular in the United States.  All states have some form of preemption.   In New York, courts have ruled that the State handgun licensing law preempts local ordinances.  The laws vary in their application by state.  In the case of Twin Falls, an old ordinance prohibited the carrying of guns in county parks.  This was in violation of state law.  The County board understood the violation, and voted unanimously to repeal the offending language. From magicvalley.com: Commissioner...
  • China near collapse?

    08/31/2014 8:05:08 PM PDT · by marktwain · 88 replies
    Propublica.org comment ^ | 27 August, 2014 | BiberWallgoal
    I am a Chinese working as a China analyst at a think tank. It is becoming more and more apparent to many people, that the ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP) knows it is on its last straw of survival. The party is facing severe and endlessly increasing systematic stress on all fronts: 1. Increasing external oppositions from all other countries in the world including all of China's neighbours. They are forming more and more alliances and becoming more outspoken with rising strengths against China, in addition to increasing anti-China sentiment from people in all other countries. Many countries including Canada...
  • CO: Castle Rock Approves Open Carry, Curtails Town Manager Power

    08/31/2014 6:09:51 PM PDT · by marktwain · 15 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 31 August, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Castle Rock, Colorado sits on the urban corridor from Denver to Colorado Springs.  It is primarily a bedroom community to Denver that has had explosive growth in the last 30 years, form 3,921 in 1980 to 51,348 in 2012. In 2003 the Town Council gave the Town Manager, who is appointed by the Council, the authority to ban the open carry of firearms on town property.  In  2014, the Council voted to remove that authority.    The current Town Manager, Mark Stevens, had prohibited open carry on Town property.  What resulted were two initiatives; one to approve of the action...
  • TX:Border Patrol Fires at Armed Citizen

    08/31/2014 6:34:47 AM PDT · by marktwain · 27 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 30 August, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    The Border Patrol has had strict policies about the firing of weapons for decades.    In the most famous recent case, Border patrol agent Brian Terry was killed in a firefight in which the Patrolman used less lethal "bean bag" rounds.    Border Patrol agents I have talked to have always said that the mere presence of a weapon is not enough to justify shooting at someone.   This makes sense, because most people in the United States can legally possess weapons, and because the law is clear on what is required to justify the use of deadly force.   The mere...
  • UT: Scofflaw City Agrees to Follow Gun Law

    08/30/2014 6:35:24 PM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 29 August, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    The Utah municipality of Sandy City has agreed to stop violating state law.   The city had passed ordinances that were  clearly in violation of state law.    Nearly all states control what power is granted to cities.   State power is granted by the Constitution, and constrained by it, as is federal power. Most states have reserved the power to regulate guns to the state level, so that there will be uniform gun laws throughout the state.   Utah is one of the vast majority of states that have a preemption law that does this. The Second Amendment Foundation has been looking...
  • OH:Cheap Gun Opportunity Cleveland 6 September, 2014

    08/30/2014 2:49:59 PM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 31 August, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    There will be a gun turn in event in Cleveland, Ohio on Saturday, 6 September,  2014.  While these events are commonly labeled with the propaganda term "buyback" the guns were never owned by the people attempting to buy them. I have not been able to find any definitive information about where the event will be held, how much will be offered for what firearms, or what the starting and ending times are.  It appears that the event will only collect handguns.   From newsnet5.com: At the handgun buyback event, people can exchange guns for gift cards, no questions asked....
  • CO:Woman has Gunfight with Intruders who Steal her SUV

    08/29/2014 4:10:01 PM PDT · by marktwain · 14 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 28 August, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    An armed woman in Denver chased two intruders from her home, only to have them drive off in her SUV.  From kdvr.com: About 2:30 a.m., two burglars broke into a woman’s home, then stole her blue Toyota Highlander, last seen going east on Exposition Avenue. She got in a gunfight with the intruders as they took the vehicle.  From cbslocal.com: The woman apparently got scared and fired at them while they were still outside. “Obviously she felt threatened so she took some measures,” said Sonny Jackson, Denver police spokesman. The suspects fired back, and one of the bullets ended...
  • GA: Store Owner Proud of Armed Employee

    08/29/2014 10:03:59 AM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 28 August, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Suspect in five crimes In Georgia, on Sunday, 24 August, a criminal attempted to rob the Shell Food Mart at about 4 a.m.  It did not turn out as expected.   The clerk pulled out his own gun and chased the robber from the store.   The suspect (perhaps accidentally) fired his gun as he ran off.  From wjcl.com: Surveillance video shows the suspect approach the counter, pull out a hand gun, and start waving it around. Patel then reaches under the counter and pulls out his own gun. The suspect ran and Patel is seen on video chasing him out...
  • FL: 89-Year-Old Wins Gunfight with Career Criminal

    08/28/2014 2:18:30 PM PDT · by marktwain · 35 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 28 August, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    A decorated WWII veteran, who never fired a shot while overseas, won a battle with a robber half his age on Saturday.   The hand to hand combat lasted until Arthur M. Lewis and the robber were both exhausted.   Lewis had shot the robber six times, four times in the chest, once in the arm and once in the wrist and leg.  Lewis himself was wounded with a graze to his left arm. Lewis' girlfriend says that people think of him as frail, but he is anything but frail. The alleged robber, Lennard Patrick Jervis, has been arrested...
  • FL:Legaly Blind, Homeowner Shoots Intruder who Cut Power

    08/28/2014 9:47:43 AM PDT · by marktwain · 17 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 27 August, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Melchisedec Williams is 50 years old and legally blind.  He has no sight in his right eye, and only minor vision in his left, because of Glaucoma.  He took in his 15 year old nephew to try to help straighten the boy out after he got into trouble at his mother's house.   The nephew disappeared a week ago.  He was arrested last Sunday on a separate charge, the family reports.  From theglobaldispatch.com: Melchisedec Williams was woken up on Sunday night when he heard a crash and stomping. The 50-year-old man grabbed his gun, Tampa police said. The intruder, armed with only...
  • LA:Baton Rouge Ban on Guns in Places that Serve Alcohol Unconstitutional

    08/27/2014 3:17:31 PM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 26 August, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    The U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana has struck down the City of Baton Rouge's ban (pdf) on the possession of firearms or other weapons in places that sell alcohol, and their parking lots.   The lawsuit was filed under Section 1983.   The court granted default judgment to the plaintiff.   A  permanent injunction was ordered against enforcement of the ordinance, which was passed in 2012.   A hearing to determine the amount of damages will be held on October 23, 2014. The facts are clear and undisputed.  On October 13, 2012, at about 1:35 a.m., Earnest Taylor was...
  • AZ: Gun Control Loses in Arizona Dem Primary Race

    08/27/2014 12:49:21 PM PDT · by marktwain · 39 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 28 August, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    <p>Mary Rose Wilcox is a career politician from Phoenix' South side who runs a Democrat political machine that has been compared to Daley's in Chicago.  She was running in the Democrat primary for a congressional seat in the deep blue "safe seventh" district of Arizona, one of the few Arizona districts that is safe for Democrat candidates.   She had name recognition, organization, and money on her side.   She decided to differentiate herself from her main opposition, Ruben Gallego, by being more willing to chip away at second amendment rights.</p>
  • PA: Successful Open Carry Defense in Wilkes Barre

    08/27/2014 7:25:11 AM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 26 August, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    A man was walking at 1:20 am, Sunday morning, when he was confronted by two black males, one of which pointed a gun at him.   From timesleader.com: “What do you got for me?” one man said to the victim.He told police he grabbed his attacker’s gun with one hand and drew his own firearm. The man does not have a concealed firearms permit, but carries his gun under Pennsylvania’s open carry laws, police said. The robbers fled. On a dark street, the tactical deterrence offered by open carry may not be as effective, essentially making open carry the equivalent...
  • MA: Man faces Charges for Self Defense With Inherited Gun

    08/26/2014 11:59:12 AM PDT · by marktwain · 19 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 25 August, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    The development is about 15 years old One of the major reasons for those who push for a disarmed population to desire the registration of all firearms is that it makes the ownership of the means to self defense contingent on government approval.  This is the philosophy that "everything that is not permitted is forbidden", rather than the standard English/American philosophy that "everything that is not forbidden is allowed".  It is an enormous difference in perspective.  In Revere, Massachusetts, a homeowner evicted from a party after getting in a fight.   He returned with his 50 year old step father.  ...
  • Big Bobcat Killed by Top Predator in Florida

    08/26/2014 6:02:55 AM PDT · by marktwain · 14 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 25 August, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    A Florida man demonstrated human' occupation of the top predator spot by shooting a big bobcat that had lost its fear of men.   The big cat was killing and eating a chicken a day for a month, and killed the last one just feet from the man  and his children. Florida Farm Where Bobcat Killed 30 Chickens From local10.com: "Saturday evening we were sitting in the hot tub and right there, you see the feather on the ground? The cat came out of nowhere, killed a chicken right in front of us, like 8 feet away. Just splattered blood...
  • CA:Federal Court Finds 10 Day Waiting Period Violates Second Amendment (mostly)

    08/25/2014 1:57:32 PM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 26 August, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    In JEFF SILVESTER v. KAMALA HARRIS, the United States District Court for the eastern District of California found that the 10 day waiting period to receive a firearm after a background check, was a violation of the second amendment for people who already owned a firearm (and could be shown to do so in the California database), who had a valid CCW license in California, or who owned a firearm and had a Certificate of Exemption (COE).  This is a significant win for restoration of second amendment rights in California.   The court gave the government of California 180 days...