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  • Homebrewed .50 Cal from ISIS in Iraq

    12/02/2016 4:07:48 AM PST · by marktwain · 14 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 26 November, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Jake Hamby has posted these photographs of a small shop manufactured .50 caliber single shot, scoped rifle.  It was captured from ISIS forces in Iraq. Many on the Internets are disparaging the rifle, characterizing it as a "face bomb" waiting to go off.  Several good views of the rifle are shown in the short Youtube montage below. Link to Youtube It is a mistake to judge a weapon by the exterior finish. Sure, the superb craftsmen at pre-1940 commercial Mauser, or Colt before 1970, are known for their excellent polish and bluing.  If you look at war production, you...
  • How not to fire a 12 Guage Pistol or Sawed off Shotgun

    12/01/2016 3:44:38 AM PST · by marktwain · 43 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 25 November, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    This short video shows how not to fire a 12 gauge pistol/Sawed off shotgun. The link is below. http://i.imgur.com/HXFJbBT.mp4 The video shows the person firing with a less than firm grip on the firearm.  Shotguns shells can develop considerable recoil.  Without a firm grip, and only using one hand, the firearm flies out of the shooter's hand and smacks him in the face. It could have been worse. Occasionally a shooter with a weak grip will find that the firearm escapes his grasp while the trigger finger stays engaged. The firearm then may fire one or more shots as...
  • Cheap gun/profit Opportunity in Cleveland, 4 December 2016

    11/30/2016 6:56:52 PM PST · by marktwain · 4 replies
    ammoland ^ | 30 November, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    There will be a gun turn in event in Cleveland, Ohio on Sunday, 4 December,  2016.  While these events are commonly labeled with the propaganda term “buyback” the guns were never owned by the people attempting to buy them. Private sales of firearms in Ohio are legal, and Cleveland cannot override state law.  The location has changed from 2014. That year, the location was on Payne Avenue. This year it will be on Chester Avenue.  From patch.com: CLEVELAND, OH — Mayor Frank G. Jackson and Chief of Police Calvin D. Williams proudly announce that the 2016 City of Cleveland...
  • How President Trump can Defang Federal Gun Free Zones

    11/30/2016 3:50:29 AM PST · by marktwain · 10 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 25 November, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    President elect Trump has promised to do away with Gun Free Zones. Because of multitudinous, overlapping, Federal, state, and local statutes, ordinances and regulations, President Trump will not be able to eliminate all Gun Free Zones immediately. He can, unilaterally, do away with enormous swaths of them from the oval office, with a pen and a phone. The key is to understand how these zones have been constructed.  The Federal zones consist of three large pieces and a multitude of smaller chunks. The three large pieces can be eliminated by executive order and findings from the executive branch. The...
  • FL: "Straw Purchase" v. Discrimination Crossfire Demonstrated

    11/29/2016 4:13:54 AM PST · by marktwain · 11 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 25 November, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Two teenagers go into a gun store. One is white. The other is black, and a Muslim. The white teen is advising the black teen on what to buy. Is it a "Straw Purchase"? Several stores have been sued for millions of dollars because they legally sold a gun to someone who later committed a crime. Gun retailers have been exhorted to be careful in who they sell to. They have been told to exercise judgment. They have been told that when in doubt, refuse to sell. The Reese family in New Mexico, had their lives ruined, and spent...
  • Caetano Used to Challenge another Stun Gun Ban

    11/28/2016 7:00:58 PM PST · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 24 November, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    On 21 March of 2016, the Supreme Court issued a remarkable and, apparently to the Court, non-controversial decision.  In the Caetano PER CURIAM decision (pdf), the Court held that: The Court has held that “the Second Amendment extends, prima facie, to all instruments that constitute bearable arms, even those that were not in existence at the time of the founding,” District of Columbia v. Heller, 554 U. S. 570, 582 (2008), and that this “Second Amendment right is fully applicable to the States,” McDonald v.Chicago, 561 U. S. 742, 750 (2010). While the decision, which was unanimous, has far...
  • South Dakota: Constitutional Carry Bill to be Introduced for 2016

    11/28/2016 3:18:36 AM PST · by marktwain · 8 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 24 November, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    South Dakota Representative Lynne DiSanto South Dakota will be considering a permitless, or "Constitutional" carry bill again this year.  In 2012, a bill passed both the House and the Senate, but was vetoed by Gov Daugaard.   In 2012, only Alaska, Arizona, Vermont and Wyoming had Constitutional carry.  In 2015, Constitutional carry passed the South Dakota House, but was killed by a Senate Committee.  It passed the House 44 to 23. The Senate was controlled by Republicans, 27 to 8. Now, in 2016, Constitutional carry is expected to be introduced by Representative Lynne DiSanto. From siouxcityjournal.com: PIERRE, S.D. —...
  • Wisconsin CCW Permit Holders Made a Difference in The Trump Election

    11/27/2016 4:21:54 AM PST · by marktwain · 9 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 23 November, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Wisconsin was one of the last states to create a permit system for legal concealed carry of weapons.  Permits were first issued in November, 2011. Five years later, 319,069 Wisconsin residents had permits. To obtain a permit, the applicant had to be 21 years old or older, a legal Wisconsin resident, and not convicted of any felonies or misdemeanor acts of domestic violence. People who go to the trouble to obtain a permit are serious about their Second Amendment rights. In Wisconsin, probably half are Democrats and Independents. CCW permit holders are, as a group, some of the most...
  • DoD Contingency for a President Trump: Directive 5210.56

    11/26/2016 10:57:02 AM PST · by marktwain · 12 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 23 November, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    The U.S. military makes contingency plans for a great many possibilities.  It appears that the DoD has a contingency plan in place for a Trump presidency.  Donald Trump has said he will eliminate gun free zones in the military and at recruitment centers on day one of his presidency. On November 18th, the Department of Defense released DoD Directive 5201.56.  Deputy Secretary of Defense, Robert O. Work, issued the directive on Arming and the Use of Force, that superficially does away with "Gun Free Zones". It allows commanders at the O-5 level and above to grant people the authority...
  • GA: Employee Uses Tactical Judgment, Shoots Armed Robber

    11/26/2016 3:41:09 AM PST · by marktwain · 9 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 23 November, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Image from 11alive.com On November 21, 2016, in Atlanta, Georgia, an armed robber attempted to victimize a Dollar store. Attempted is the operative word. The suspect did not succeed. He was wounded twice for his efforts, then he was arrested. He is lucky to have survived. From 11alive.com: Atlanta Police say the man walked into the store around 9:55 p.m., pulled a gun and demanded the contents of the store’s cash register. As the robber was leaving the store with the cash register itself, an Atlanta Police spokesman said one of the store’s employees pulled a personal handgun and...
  • Using Amnesty to Roll Back Second Amendment Infringements

    11/25/2016 7:06:43 PM PST · by marktwain · 9 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 22 November, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    A little known law, passed concurrently with the Gun Control Act of 1968, offers the Trump administration a powerful lever. That lever can be used to roll back infringements on the Second Amendment that exist in the National Firearms Act of 1934. The National Firearms Act (NFA) is an ill-conceived omnibus gun control legislation passed in 1934. It was poorly written by an ascendant Franklin Roosevelt administration. It was designed to outlaw the possession of handguns through draconian taxes and regulation. The tax stamp for a single item was equivalent to a years income for a day laborer. Thrown...
  • Successful Deer Hunt with Northern Wisconsin Long Shot

    11/25/2016 11:35:58 AM PST · by marktwain · 26 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 21 November, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Deer hunting in Northern Wisconsin seldom requires shot of more than a hundred yards. That is because most of the hunting is in dense forests or in woodlots where visibility is restricted.  The occasional long shot is available, but they are unusual. This eight point "basket buck" was taken yesterday, on opening day 19 November, 2016. The Namekagon river offers one of the few opportunities for long shots in the area.  Most deer are harvested at a hundred yards or less.  The buck was crossing the river 275 yards upstream when it was shot. In this unusual case, the...
  • Kenya Gun Destruction, 2016

    11/25/2016 3:42:26 AM PST · by marktwain · 16 replies
    ammoland ^ | 19 November, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    On November 16, 2016, the government of Kenya destroyed 5,250 guns.  The method used was fire. It isn’t that guns are not valued in Kenya.  Villages in Kenya are being raided for slaves by al Shabaab, an African affiliate of ISIS. They have sworn allegiance to the new Caliphate in the middle east. Kenya has allied with other govenments to fight them. Al Shabaab loudly proclaims its Islamic right to raid, kill, and enslave unbelievers.But the Kenya government does not trust the villagers with any guns, even single shot muzzle-loaders, let along AK47 rifles. From africanews.com: Somalia’s insurgent group...
  • Chicago Tribune: Obama has been Pro Second Amendment!

    11/24/2016 4:59:30 PM PST · by marktwain · 19 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 20 November, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Steve Chapman is a writer for the Chicago Tribune. He has often written about gun legislation. He stands out at the Tribune as a voice that recognizes reality more often then most.  His writing and viewpoints have been a reasonable voice crying in the wilderness of Chicago. Unfortunately, he lives in the fantasy bubble of current Progressivism. It is evident in his recent column excoriating the NRA.  He buys into the leftist propaganda without introspection or examination of facts. It is an opinion column, but opinions should have a basis in reality. From chicagotribune.com: As a gun owner, recreational...
  • John Lott addresses the Mexican Legislature on Gun Law

    11/24/2016 5:38:01 AM PST · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 19 November, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Image from eluniversal.com.mx On Wednesday, 16 November, 2016, John Lott testified before the Mexican legislature about the benefits of an armed population. He was invited by Senator Jorge Luis Preciado.  A reform of the Mexican gun control laws is getting a serious consideration.  On October 6, Senator Preciado published a policy recommendation to emulate the U.S. Second Amendment. This would not be simple legislation, but a change in the Mexican constitution. From John Lott: The last few days have been very exciting with me testifying before the Mexican Senate and House Constitution Committees as they consider changing the Mexican...
  • A Tale of the Village Gun

    11/23/2016 2:29:14 PM PST · by marktwain · 17 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 18 November, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    My father did not spend a lot of time talking about the hard times in the Depression.  His father had been an avid hunter and trapper, and had passed those skills down to him.  Sometime in the 1930's he had obtained the Village Gun, my name for the old Springfield 84-C .22 bolt gun.  It had been nearly new, with a Weaver straight tube 2 3/4 power 3/4 inch scope when he purchased it for $7.50. Times were hard in the Depression.  Money was hard to come by. Wages for a boy picking rocks in farmer's fields were 50...
  • "Universal Background Checks" may Increase Firearms Suicide

    11/23/2016 4:58:09 AM PST · by marktwain · 9 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 18 November, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    While firearm studies by medical journals have been notoriously anti-Second Amendment, this interesting bit comes from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health in Baltimore. Michael Bloomberg gave the school 300 million dollars specifically to target "gun violence" and other issues.  Bloomberg's fanatical advocacy of political gun control has tainted "research" that comes from the school.  When the researchers found that gun control laws could have unintended consequences, they did not advocate for repeal of those laws. From foxnews.com: The research team looked at what happens when people want to temporarily remove firearms from their home because they fear...
  • Fatal Shooting; Expired Permit; no Charges

    11/22/2016 11:43:05 AM PST · by marktwain · 56 replies
    ammoland ^ | 18 November, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    On Wednesday, 16 November, 2016, two brothers decided to rob a Bucks County pizza shop in Levitown, Pennsylvania. It was just after 10 p.m. The shop had closed only moments before, but there was one customer left inside.During the robbery, one of the brothers, Shawn Rose, pistol whipped the customer on the forehead.  The customer dropped to one knee. In a fluid and rapidly changing situation, it is very hard for perpetrators to keep track of all the actors. It only takes a momentary lapse to give a victim a chance to strike back.Rose looked away. The customer drew...
  • GA: Gunfight with an AK Pistol Clone in Atlanta

    11/22/2016 3:49:06 AM PST · by marktwain · 15 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 17 November, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    On Sunday, 21 August, 2016, at a little after 8 p.m., at a Texaco gas station in Atlanta, a gunfight erupted.  Most of it was caught on video. A hat tip to Beardedrambler at TTAG.  He pointed me toward the video. The videos show a sequence of events where the driver of the black Charger is threatened by a man who flashes a pistol. The driver retrieves an AK 47 clone of a pistol and drives off the pistol flasher, who he says offered to sell him some "weed". The video was posted online on 22 August.  Two days...
  • Thoughts on a Post Presidency Barack Obama

    11/21/2016 5:25:24 AM PST · by marktwain · 30 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 21 november, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    President Barack Obama has been hinting, quite strongly, that he will be active in politics after he leaves the Presidency.  He is relatively young, so he can be expected to be around for two to three decades. In spite of most ex-presidents staying out of the political sphere, with some exceptions by Presidents Carter and Clinton, this activity will be quite unusual.  But I do not expect it to be a bad thing for the Republic.  Here is why: The Democrats have built him into a cult of personality that makes Bill Clinton look pale (pun intended).  The party...
  • President Trump Can Eliminate Gun Free Zones in the Army Corps of Engineers

    11/21/2016 4:13:54 AM PST · by marktwain · 8 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 16 November, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    President Donald Trump has committed to eliminating Gun Free Zones.  He cannot eliminate the Gun Free School Zones Act by himself.  It will take Congressional or Court action.  He can eliminate Gun Free Zones on military bases and in recruitment offices. He can eliminate Gun Free Zones on lands managed by the Army Corps of Engineers.  Donald Trump will be the Commander in Chief.  The Army Corps of Engineers is a federal agency in the Department of Defense.  It is commanded by a Lieutenant General (three star), Todd T. Semonite.   General Semonite is under the command of Donald Trump....
  • President Trump will Pass the Hearing Protection Act

    11/20/2016 11:48:22 AM PST · by marktwain · 74 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 16 November, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    In 1934, the Franklin Roosevelt administration was able to pass omnibus gun control legislation, with massive infringements on the Second Amendment.  It was the National Firearms Act.  The law was primarily designed to eliminate the private ownership of handguns. That was too much of a direct assault on the Second Amendment for Congress, which removed handguns from the bill. The remainder of the act passed, creating a bizarre law with unintended consequences. For obscure and unknown reasons, gun mufflers, also known as silencers, or suppressors, were included in the act. Silencers immediately changed from being a $10 accessory, available...
  • FL: CCW Permit Holder Shoots Suspect, Saves Officer

    11/20/2016 5:06:06 AM PST · by marktwain · 12 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 15 November, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    A person with a concealed carry permit shot a man who was attacking a police officer in Florida. The officer had stopped the man for extreme speeding.  One witness said the vehicle was traveling on the shoulder past full lanes of slow moving traffic, at 120 mph.  The chase and shooting occured on 14 November, 2016, at about 9 a.m. After both cars were stopped, the suspect jumped the officer and managed to get on top, beating the officer severely.   From winknews.com: Bardes and the suspect exited their vehicles at the Corkscrew Road exit and a fight started,...
  • Price of .22 Ammunition to Drop

    11/19/2016 4:45:09 AM PST · by marktwain · 66 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 15 November, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    In the run up to the 2016 election, the price of .22 ammunition has been fluctuating up and down around 6 cents a cartridge for baseline bulk ammunition.  The reasons are clear.  Production of .22 ammunition is up by about two billion rounds a year, responding to over the top demand for the last four years. Part of the demand is structural.  Many new gun owners and shooters have been created.  Many of the younger members were raised on first person shooter games like Doom, Golden Eye, Battlefield, and Call of Duty. People in the industry have reported that...
  • President Trump: Repeal the Unconstitutional Gun Free School Zone Act

    11/18/2016 6:33:01 PM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 15 November, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    A promise made by Donald Trump during the campaign was to remove gun free school zones.  The federal gun free school zone law has been an abominable infringement on the Second Amendment. It has no justification as anything other than an infringement on the right of Americans to bear arms. It does not improve safety. It does not protect "sensitive places".  It serves no legitimate purpose. It has already been struck down once by the Supreme Court. The Gun Free School Zone act creates an illusory "zone" where most people are forbidden from bearing arms. The zone exists within...
  • OR: Pistol Attack, AR 15 Rifle Defense, Justified

    11/18/2016 2:37:07 AM PST · by marktwain · 18 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 15 November, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    On October 12, at 8 p.m., a convicted felon ambushed a couple at their campsite near Butte Falls in Oregon.  The attacker, Dick Laurence Zoomer Daniels, had a history with the woman, Mariah Silviera.  There was a dispute about the ownership of a truck that was parked at the camp site. Daniels had been dropped off at the site by a different female friend. He set up a hide overlooking the site.  When the sheriff's department investigated, they found a scoped .243 bolt action rifle there. Fate intervened. The couple, Mariah Silveria and Shane Young, returned after dark.  Sunset...
  • The Village Gun

    11/17/2016 2:12:11 PM PST · by marktwain · 12 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 14 November, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Northern Wisconsin is gun culture country.  When I was growing up in the 50's and 60's, everybody had a gun or three in every house.  It wasn't always so.  The Depression was a hard time for a lot of people.  My father managed to snag the Springfield model 84-C during the 1930's. He paid $5 for the rifle and $2.50 for the scope. The rifle will feed Shorts, Longs, and .22 Long Rifle interchangeably through the detachable 5 shot magazine. The scope was an old straight tube 3/4 inch 2 3/4 power. It was state of the art in...
  • Florida Open Carry is Coming: Roadblock Removed

    11/17/2016 9:07:49 AM PST · by marktwain · 13 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 14 November, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    A primary obstacle to Florida open carry has been removed. The person who was blocking open carry in Florida was Senator Diaz de la Portilla (R) of Miami Dade.  Senator Portilla refused to let the open carry bill out of committee in 2015.  Then he repeated the performance in 2016. The bill had passed the Miami House by an overwhelming margin, and had a large majority support in the Senate. From sun-sentinal.com: And yet he singlehandedly has killed in the Legislature this year bills that would allow concealed carry permit holders to openly carry firearms, to carry them on...
  • Nevada: Brave Fight, Heartbreaking loss, Gun Control Proposition Passes

    11/17/2016 3:53:23 AM PST · by marktwain · 32 replies
    ammoland ^ | 12 November, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    In 2016, Nevada was one of four states facing Michael Bloomberg funded attacks on Second Amendment rights.  As with most such attacks, deceit and misdirection were the focus.  Outright lies were repeated endlessly.  Much was made of bogus “studies” that  were carried out by activists behind the flimsiest of academic cover.  Second Amendment defenders in Nevada were outspent 3 to 1 in cash outlays, 19.7 million dollars to 6.6 million from Second Amendment supporters, primarily the NRA.The key to the proposition was what it was being marketed as doing, compared to what it would really do. On that question,...
  • WY: Bear Spray to be Required for Grizzly Bear Hunts?

    11/16/2016 8:42:42 AM PST · by marktwain · 21 replies
    ammoland ^ | 11 November, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Dave Smith, a well known author and expert on bear attacks, sent me a heads up on a proposed Grizzly hunting regulation.  In the  Wyoming Grizzly Bear Management Plan(pdf), on page 47, (page 55 on some pdf versions), dated  5/11/2016, is a regulation requiring that grizzly hunters carry bear spray. “All grizzly bear hunters must carry bear spray while engaged in the act of grizzly bear hunting (WGFC Regulation Chapter 16, pending)” When you are hunting bears, you would normally be carrying a rifle.  You would have to drop the rifle, then access and deploy the bear spray.  That does...
  • President Trump's Commitment to Constitutional Government

    11/16/2016 3:26:07 AM PST · by marktwain · 11 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 11 November, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    President Trump lost no time in starting his administration.  He put up a website, greatagain.gov, that outlines his priorities, advertises for political appointees of the highest caliber, and states his positions.  He devotes a policy section to Constitutional Rights.  In it, he goes much further than recent residents of the White House.  His choice of words is telling.  From greatagain.gov: Donald Trump understands the solemn duty that comes from the Oath of Office – swearing to "preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States." He embraces the fact that the reason the Founders of this nation decided...
  • Three Quick Things Second Amendment Supporters Should Expect from a Trump Administration

    11/15/2016 9:49:16 AM PST · by marktwain · 26 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 11 November, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Donald Trump made a number of promises when he was campaigning to be the President of the United States.  Many of them can be  achieved fairly quickly. Some will be fought, tooth and nail by "Progressive" dominated states.  Here are three that can be done quickly and should be insisted upon. First:  Appoint Antonin Scalia literalists to the Supreme Court.  This was the cornerstone of President Trump's support for the Second Amendment.  Trump should push for this fast and hard.  He should be held to this promise on any future court appointees.  From donaldtrump.com: Appoint justices to the United...
  • Maine Background Check Proposition, Question 3, (Gun Registration) Defeated

    11/15/2016 4:34:19 AM PST · by marktwain · 4 replies
    ammoland ^ | 9 November, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    One of the many bright spots in the 2016 elections for supporters of the Second Amendment was the defeat of Question 3 in Maine.  The question was portrayed as relatively straightforward.  From ballotpedia: Do you want to require background checks prior to the sale or transfer of firearms between individuals not licensed as firearms dealers, with failure to do so punishable by law, and with some exceptions for family members, hunting, self-defense, lawful competitions, and shooting range activity?[8] Question 3 was more complicated in reality.  It was three full pages long. You may read the entire proposition in a...
  • CA: Ban on Magazines, License for Ammuniton Purchase Passes

    11/14/2016 3:06:14 PM PST · by marktwain · 57 replies
    ammoland ^ | 9 November, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    In California, Proposition 63, the ban on gun magazines, requiring licenses to purchase ammunition, requiring reporting any change in gun ownership, has passed by an enormous margin, 63% to 37%.  The measure had millions spent to get it passed.  The gun haters outspent Second Amendment supporters over five to one. From ballotpedia.org:Yes on Prop 63 outraised opponents five to one. As of November 3, 2016, supporters received $4.54 million, while opposing committees raised $868,265. The California Democratic Party, a supporter of Proposition 63, had contributed over $1 million to the campaign. The National Rifle Association was against the initiative...
  • Book Review: A Time to Kill (The Myth of Christian Pacifism)

    11/14/2016 1:31:25 AM PST · by marktwain · 16 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 9 November, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    A Time to Kill  (The Myth of Christian Pacifism)  Greg Hopkins, paperback, 302 pages,  $19.95 I was an agnostic/practicing atheist for 40 years.  I have been an active Christian for a little over 4 years.  When Greg Hopkins approached me at the Gun Rights Policy conference in Tamp, Florida, two months ago, I welcomed the opportunity to read his book and write a review. I do not write book reviews unless I have actually read the book. Readers might be surprised to know that many reviews are written by authors, as a favor to people who the author wishes...
  • PA: Old man; Old.22 Handgun; Dead Career Criminal

    11/13/2016 4:29:49 AM PST · by marktwain · 94 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 8 Novemeber, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Franklin Schrout, pictured above, chose to invade one too many homes in his criminal career. It happend about 1:30 a.m. Friday, 4 November, 2016, in Allentown, PA.  Schrout broke into the home of an 81 year old man and his invalid sister. Strout was wearing all black and a skull mask. Shrout demanded money. The Homeowner said he did not have any in the house. Shrout and the 81 year old started fighting. On or in the nightstand was a .22 caliber handgun.  The home owner had never fired it. The handgun had been there for over 30 years....
  • 2056: Looking Backward from a Trump Future

    11/12/2016 4:38:30 PM PST · by marktwain · 13 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 4 November, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    The four decades since 2016 have seen a breathtaking restoration of the Republic of the United States of America.  Looking back from 2056, the historians and pundits say it was inevitable. The United States had enormous energy resources, an educated and ethical workforce, a history of entrepreneurial spirit. The fruits of the digital industrial age, genome processing, and robotic development were on the edge of explosion. The resurgence back from the malaise and blame America thinking of the Obama administration was certain to happen, with a wealthy, prosperous, powerful and free America the obvious result. It wasn't that way....
  • Free Pistol with San Francisco Newspaper Subscription (1887)

    11/12/2016 12:54:59 AM PST · by marktwain · 10 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 6 November, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Using guns as a marketing bonus has a long history in the United States.  Guns have always been valued.  A free firearm with a car or to open a bank account has been fairly common in the last few years. The usual system, in our over regulated age, is to give a coupon to be redeemed at a gun shop, which has made a deal with the car dealership or the bank. But things were simpler in 1887, when the San Francisco Chronicle a weekly, offered a pistol along with a years subscription, for $3.90.  That did not include...
  • Responsible for Every Bullet: Woman Killed, Man Charged (video)

    11/11/2016 4:26:38 AM PST · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 6 November, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    The woman's window was in line with the shooter and the vehicle he was shooting at.  The video shows where the shot was fired from, and where it went.  Video showing path of bullet  A shooter is responsible for every bullet that they fire.  It is important to know your target, and what is behind your target.  Some say that every bullet has an attorney attached to it.  There is good reason for this.  When you shoot, you are unleashing deadly force.  It is a grave responsibility. You need to be sure of your backstop. Do not unleash it...
  • French Gun Ownership, Carry, Increasing

    11/10/2016 1:37:02 PM PST · by marktwain · 9 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 6 November, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    France has a large number of legal firearms and firearm owners.  That number is growing, as explained in an English language French publication. From thelocal.fr: As a result there has a been a surge in the number of people joining gun clubs and looking to arm themselves. An investigation by the Nouvel Observateur website found that the number of people signing up to become licensed members at shooting clubs has risen 38 percent in five years. And in the past year alone there has been a 10 percent increase, believed to be down to the spate of terror attacks...
  • Huma Abedin's Father Wrote that the U.S. was wrong to Defend its People from Barbary Pirates

    11/10/2016 4:18:36 AM PST · by marktwain · 27 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 5 November, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Muslims enslaved Europeans for over a Millenia.  It was stopped in the 1800's by military force Protection against enslavement is a good reason to be armed. The United States first foreign war was against the Barbary Coast Pirates from 1801-1805.  Just as they had done for a thousand years, the Islamic states on the coast of North Africa knew that Allah gave them the right to attack any non-Muslim shipping and enslave any non-Muslims that they could reach. The Muslims especially prized European women as sex slaves.  They were organized and sanctioned by Muslim governments. If a non-Muslim government...
  • Rhode Island Supreme Court Chides Police Chief for Failure to Issue Carry Permits

    11/09/2016 4:00:52 PM PST · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 4 November, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Image from eastbayri.com East Providence Police Chief Christopher J. Parella is in trouble with the Supreme Court of Rhode Island. Again. He failed to issue licenses to carry handguns to three more applicants, without explaining any reason for doing so. From providencejournal.com: The law reads that a city or town's licensing authority "shall" issue a license when it appears that the applicant has a good reason to fear an injury to his or her person or property or has "any other proper reason" to carry. A proper showing of need is not a component of the law, the court...
  • MO: Gunfight Don't Mess with an Old Guy 73-Year-Old Kills 2

    11/09/2016 9:09:06 AM PST · by marktwain · 26 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 4 November, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Alley where bodies of robbery suspects found There is an old saying that has been worn out, warning criminals not to scare old men.  But clichés are there because they have a piece of reality embedded. An active 73-year-old retiree was well liked in the neighborhood.  He helped people out, and he spent considerable time in his garage, working on his truck.  Some young criminals, just getting into the most active part of their career, also noticed the truck and decided they wanted it. The retiree had been a victim of robbery attempts before.  Now he carried at home....
  • Guam Shall Issue: Popular, Safe, and Expanded

    11/08/2016 6:01:04 PM PST · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 3 November, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    In 2014, Guam passed a shall issue concealed carry bill to reform the existing "may issue" law.  The chief proponent of the bill was Senator Anthony Ada. Senator Ada said that one of the reasons he pushed for the passage of the reform was the Peruta case in the Ninth Circuit.  Guam falls under the jurisdiction of the Ninth Circuit. In 2014, concealed carry license rose from about 100 to 700.  In 2015, 800 more licenses were added.  While not precise, firearms registrations indicate that about ten percent of the population are firearms owners. From guampdn.com: Almost 600 concealed...
  • Voting in Yuma Arizona November 8th, 2016

    11/08/2016 7:26:38 AM PST · by marktwain · 15 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 9 Nov, 2016 (8 Nov in the U.SA) | Dean Weingarten
    I voted early today.  Usually a vote a couple of hours later, but a little after 7:00, I was in line, waiting to vote. I thought the number of people voting might be sparse, so I asked Esther, an election worker for 13 years, how the turnout was. She said: "This is amazing. Usually at this time, it is me and the birds in the parking lot!" She said the voting had been steady, at much higher levels than she was used to.  I did a little totally unscientific exit polling. I asked the couple behind me in the...
  • Interview Video of Chinese Woman who Repelled 3 Home Invaders in Atlanta

    11/08/2016 5:00:00 AM PST · by marktwain · 14 replies
    ammoland ^ | 2 November, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Just before 4 a.m. on 16 September, 2016, in Gwinnet County, Ga, a courageous Chinese immigrant drove off three home invaders.  It was all captured on surviellance video. The event went viral; not in the United States, but in China.  Chen Fengzu gave this interview to China Central Televison. From China Central Television 1 minute, 42 seconds.  Here are the captions: I didn’t have any choice, so I had to take out the gun I’d hid there. Then I loaded my pistol and walked out of my bedroom. I shot at the Invaders when I saw them. One of...
  • Right to Hunt Amendment on Ballot for Indiana, Kansas

    11/07/2016 5:00:24 PM PST · by marktwain · 15 replies
    ammoland ^ | 7 November, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    The right to hunt is something early colonists took seriously.  In England, the right to hunt was limited to the the King and landowners.  Commoners did not have a right to hunt.  In the American colonies, hunting was important for survival.  Vermont included the right to hunt in its constitution in 1777.  The right to hunt was considered for the United States Constitution, but ultimately was not explicitly included.  It falls under the 10th Amendment.Nineteen states have the right to hunt in their state constitutions.  In the last 20 years, Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Minnesota, Montana,...
  • Support for “Assault Rifles” Ban at all time Low Gallup

    11/07/2016 1:30:26 PM PST · by marktwain · 8 replies
    ammoland ^ | 28 October, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Gallop released results of a poll taken on the 5-9 of October, 2016.  The last time they had asked the question was in 2012.   Support for a ban is the lowest it has ever been, since the question was first asked.I am not surprised at the drop.  It indicates that the population is becoming more educated about crime and “assault rifles”.  Gallup notes that the drop in support for an “assault rifle” ban correlates with a general decline in trust in the government. Historically, people who own guns have been far, far less in favor of placing more infringements...
  • Tucson Illegally Destroyed a Million Dollars worth of Guns since 2013

    11/07/2016 5:17:07 AM PST · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 1 November, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Handguns from an Arizona Turn In Event, 2013 In 2013, the Arizona Legislature passed HB 2455, to prevent the destruction of valuable firearms by lower levels of government in the state. No penalties were imposed. It is not normal for local governments to destroy valuable property, at least not when the property can be legally sold for the public benefit. But in this case, the property was being destroyed for ideological purposes, not for pragmatic ones. The purpose of destroying valuable guns is to send the propaganda message: guns bad.  Some cities, especially Tucson, refused to obey the law....
  • Venezuela Needs a Second Amendment - too late!

    11/06/2016 5:38:08 PM PST · by marktwain · 19 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 31 October, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Sometimes, even the old media can see the obvious.  This picture is from a recent article in the Atlantic. From theatlantic.com: The headline and subtext from the article using the picture above is this: How Much Longer Can Venezuela Go on Like This? Large numbers of citizens want to oust President Nicolas Maduro. But he commands the loyalty of many men with guns. The fact the Venezuela has become another socialist distopian nightmare is obvious to any who care to look. Even a far-left writer from the Washington post can see it. It is hilarious how he admits that...