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  • Governor Herbert Continues to Block Utah Constitutional Carry in 2016

    02/08/2016 5:43:28 AM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 8 February, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Governor Herbert of Utah continues to be the main blocking force preventing the passage of Constitutional carry in Utah. Utah is a gun friendly state. There are open carry rights; the state constitution is strong.Utah Constitution, Art. I Section 6, enacted 1984: The individual right of the people to keep and bear arms for security and defense of self, family, others, property, or the state, as well as for other lawful purposes shall not be infringed; but nothing herein shall prevent the legislature from defining the lawful use of arms. Utah also has one of the lowest crime rates...
  • WI: Governor Walker Signs Constitutional Carry for Knives

    02/07/2016 3:27:55 AM PST · by marktwain · 21 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 6 February, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Knife Rights and Wisconsin Force worked together to pass a significant reform of antiquated knife laws in Wisconsin. Wisconsin knife laws date back to the muckraker days, when the media was able to pass nonsensical laws based on "trendy", "progressive", emotional notions rather than on common sense, or any consideration for the the Constitution. Wisconsin’s silly and dangerous switchblade ban dates to 1956. It has been used to fine, convict and incarcerate hundreds, if not thousands of people who were only exercising their Second Amendment rights.In 1998, Wisconsin finally finished the arduous process to pass a right to keep and...
  • WI: Governor Walker Signs Gun Reform AB13 4 February, 2016

    02/06/2016 2:27:32 PM PST · by marktwain · 18 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 5 February, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    AB13 is an incremental improvement that establishes a timeline for firearms owners to have their property returned. From walker.wi.gov: Assembly Bill 13 - intends to return property to owners who have been cleared of charges relating to the seizure of a firearm or ammunition. The bill creates a timeline for this process to ensure individuals will no longer be subject to long wait times for the return of their property. Authored by Representative Daniel Knodl (R - Germantown) and Senator Stephen Nass (R - Whitewater), the bill passed the Assembly on a voice vote and was concurred by the...
  • Massachusetts Considers Gun Reform Law

    02/06/2016 4:11:47 AM PST · by marktwain · 12 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 6 February, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Nearly all states have some sort of law preempting local gun laws. Preemption means that the State preserves to itself certain areas of the law. Firearms are a natural for this protection; most Most are comprehensive; a few are minimal. Massachusetts has very limited state pre-emption. From dovekopel.com: Massachusetts preempts all gun licensing (Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 140 sect. 129B), and the state constitution forbids local laws inconsistent with state law; for this reason, Boston's Dec. 1989 ban on "assault weapons" was not allowed to go into effect until the state legislature later passed a bill authorizing...
  • NJ Man who Shoots 3 Problem Bears gets $4,000+ Fines and Fees

    02/05/2016 5:48:26 AM PST · by marktwain · 30 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 4 February, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    In October, 2014, a 76-year-old New Jersey resident shot three problem bears on his property. One was an adult sow that was on his deck and looking in through his sliding glass door. The location of the two juvenile bears when they were shot, is disputed, but was either on the deck or close to it. Bears are more dangerous as they are larding up for the winter hibernation.Bears that display this level of familiarity with humans, who associate humans with food, are a severe problems waiting to happen. It is why the conservation community has come up with...
  • TX: Bookstore Offers Discount for Open Carriers

    02/04/2016 5:47:37 AM PST · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 2 February, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Picture from Brave New Books Brave New Books, a book store in Austin, Texas has welcomed open carriers and held a symposium on open carry on January 30th, 2016. The store is said to be the only book store in Austin that has not banned open carry from their store. From kvue.com: AUSTIN -- Brave New Books is offering a 10 percent discount to all customers open-carrying in their store. The store is also hosting an open-carry symposium on Jan. 30 to help Texas residents learn more about open-carry legislation. Brave New Books is doing more than simply not...
  • New Orleans Legal Gun Carrier Stops Mass Shooting

    02/03/2016 4:32:10 PM PST · by marktwain · 9 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 2 February, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    On the afternoon of 31 January, 2016, some ATVs were getting gas at the intersection of Claiborne and Esplanade Avenues in New Orleans, Louisiana. Richard Macklin pulled up in a white Volvo. Macklin is believed to have been the aggressor in the incident. He pulled out a firearm and opened fire on the ATV riders. Three were wounded before anyone returned fire. One of the wounded was armed. He drew his legally carried weapon and fired at Macklin, wounding him in the head and stopping the attack. Fromnola.gov/nopd: Based on the initial investigation, detectives learned that a group of...
  • Illinois Supreme Court Confirms old Illinois Gun Law Unconstitutional

    02/02/2016 7:36:02 AM PST · by marktwain · 12 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 2 February, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    The Illinois has reconfirmed its ruling from 2013 that a basic Illinois weapon law is facially unconstitutional. It ruled in People vs Burns that the Aguilar decision stands and was correct. From courthousenews.com: While a state may prohibit felons from carrying readily accessible guns despite the Second Amendment - and in fact Illinois has a law forbidding felons from possessing any kind of firearm - the AUUW law applies to everyone. In reversing the appellate court ruling and vacating the conviction and sentence, Justice Anne Burke wrote for the court: "The offense, as enacted by the Legislature, does not...
  • Senator Portilla, R-Miami, Holds the Key to Florida Open Carry

    02/01/2016 10:16:05 AM PST · by marktwain · 9 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 1 February, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Senator Miguel Diaz de la Portilla The Florida open carry bill has moved out of Committee in the Florida House. It will likely be voted on by the full House in the next few weeks. From cbslocal.com: TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami) - A bill that would allow Florida gun owners to openly carry their weapons is headed to a full vote. The bill cleared a committee vote 12 to 4 on Thursday.The next step will be a full vote by the Florida House in the next few weeks.The difficulty lies in the Senate, where Senator Portilla is Chair of the Judiciary Committee...
  • Gun Reform, AB13, Passes Wisconsin Legislature, goes to Governor Walker

    02/01/2016 3:45:30 AM PST · by marktwain · 17 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 31 January, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Wisconsin State Capitol A gun law reform bill passed the Wisconsin legislature on 20 January of 2016, with little fanfare. It was approved by both the Milwaukee Police Association and the National Rifle Association. Overall, the bill makes reforms in the way that courts treat the return of firearms when they are taken into custody by police. The bill creates a rigid legal framework for gun owners to regain possession of their property. It does this by requiring courts to issue orders to police to return guns under rigidly defined conditions. It is an incremental reform, as it provides a...
  • West Virginia Constitutional Carry very likely in 2016

    01/31/2016 5:41:53 AM PST · by marktwain · 18 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 31 January, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Last year, West Virginia came within a cats hair of enacting Constitutional carry into law. The law passed with veto proof margins in the House and the Senate. It was only through insider shenanigans that the bill was sent to Governor Tomblin late enough for him to veto it without a chance for a veto override. From wvgazettemail.com: Lawmakers overwhelmingly approved a similar bill last year, by a 32-2 margin in the Senate and 71-29 in the House. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin vetoed the bill, citing "overwhelming opposition" from law enforcement officers statewide."In light of those concerns, and in...
  • Barbershop Shootout Video: Wait for the Right Opportunity

    01/30/2016 9:57:06 AM PST · by marktwain · 18 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 30 January, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    At a barbershop in South Carolina on the 26th, of January, 2016, at about 7 p.m., two armed robbers assaulted the customers of the Next Up Barber and Beauty Shop. The robbers appear to be career criminals, but they made fatal mistakes, as can be seen in the video. It is very difficult to keep focused on everyone, the loot, and maintain control of the scene. When the robbers become complacent, the legal gun carriers make their move.The Pistol Robber in the light colored hoodie comes in first, from the left side of the screen, from the front entrance....
  • Sanders Goes all in for Destroying Gun Manufacturers

    01/30/2016 6:37:06 AM PST · by marktwain · 20 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 30 January, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Embracing gun control has always been a toxic issue for Democrats. It has played well deep in their darkests bases, like New York City and the District of Columbia, where ignorance about guns and gun law is pervasive and cherished. On the national stage, they have been careful to approach it sideways, with code words like “gun safety” and “common sense”. In 1994, when Bill Clinton pushed it the hardest on the national stage, the Democrats suffered one of their most emphatic defeats; the Republican revolution of 1994. President Clinton even acknowledged that his gun control push was a...
  • PC Flip-Flop by Military.com White House Correspondent on Armed Defense

    01/29/2016 8:02:52 AM PST · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 26 January, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Korean men defending Koreatown during the 1992 LA riots. A few days ago, on 21 January, Military.com White House Correspondent Bryant Jordan wrote an article about the Air Force reviewing its policies on allowing trained military personnel to carry concealed or openly, on and off duty, to supplement official guards and military police. From military.com: The Air Force on Wednesday said its review of “active-shooter incidents across the country” found that many ended without police intervention because someone present with a weapon stopped the shooter. (skip) The Air Force also did not release the data showing how many active-shooter incidents...
  • Air Force: Many Non-Police with Weapons stop Active Shooters

    01/28/2016 7:04:02 AM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 26 January, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Picture from Human Events One of the most popular articles that I have written was "Mass Killings Stopped by Armed Citizens". The article is a compilation of documented cases where armed citizens stopped what would likely have become mass killings before they occured. Such incidents are usually spiked by the media because the body count is either non-existent or too low to meed the FBI criteria of a mass killing. It appears that the Air Force has got the memo. In an article From military.com: The Air Force on Wednesday said its review of "active-shooter incidents across the country"...
  • The Guardian equates Suicide to Self Defense in SHOT Show Coverage

    01/27/2016 8:02:08 AM PST · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 26 January, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    The left loves to use false comparisons of unrelated numbers to make bad arguments. In a recent article about the Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show in the Guardian, a far-left British newspaper, the reporters start with an off the cuff remark from an economics professor. From the guardian.com: “People are buying guns as part of the American dream of freedom and liberty,” said Brauer, who is based at the Hull College of Business at Augusta University. “And also, the hope and the dream of being able to use guns in self-defence.” The Guardian then adds this: People...
  • Review: Origins and Development of the Second Amendment

    01/26/2016 9:22:49 AM PST · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 24 January, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    If you want to understand how the United States came to have the Second Amendment in the Bill of Rights, David Hardy's book may be the best place to go. I have read numerous books and articles about the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution. Some have been short, others hundreds of pages. But I had not read David T. Hardy's slim book. This is surprising, because the book was originally published in 1986! But, I was in Panama in 1986. The Internet was just starting to form. At that time in its early development, I had an...
  • CT: Police ‘Gotta Cover Our Ass’ on Open Carry ~ VIDEO

    01/25/2016 6:25:23 PM PST · by marktwain · 22 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 25 January, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    The First and Second Amendments protect and reinforce each other.In a free society, there is always pressure to expand the power of the government to suppress freedom of speech. Those in power, for the last 100 years, have been infringing on our right to bear arms, and claiming that those who support the Second Amendment are kooks, in an attempt to suppress our First Amendment rights. With the voice provided by the First Amendment and the Internet, brave activists have been rolling back those attacks on the First and Second Amendments, and have been winning important victories. Michael Picard...
  • Does the Media Have More Blood on its Hands with the Canadian School Shooting?

    01/25/2016 6:10:12 AM PST · by marktwain · 10 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 24 January, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Picture from The Canadian Press Details about the school shooting in Canada are still in short supply. But it seems likely that the shooting was motivated by the media coverage that is given to mass shooters, especially school shootings, in the western world. From thestarphoenix.com: "The community usually pulls together really strong in times like this," said Clearwater River Dene Nation Chief Teddy Clark on Friday. "Both Clearwater and La Loche, a lot of people are in shock. This is something that you only see on TV most of the time." (skip) Desjarlais-Thomas forwarded to The Canadian Press a...
  • Lawbreaking Bikers Promote Anti-Second Amendment Message

    01/24/2016 7:40:20 AM PST · by marktwain · 22 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 24 January, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    People all along the East Coast are increasingly being subjected to a low level of lawless intimidation with massive traffic intimidation by a subculture of outlaw bikers. This is a separate subculture that revels in their ability to escape police and to break traffic laws with impunity. You will not find many, if any, Harleys, street bikes or touring bikes among them. I did not see any riders with recognizable "colors" that are emblematic of motorcycle clubs that have significant reach. Most are unlicensed dirt bikes and ATVs. The riders have learned to break the law with impunity, especially...
  • No 'Gun Free Zone' signs on Trump Tower Las Vegas

    01/24/2016 4:53:21 AM PST · by marktwain · 8 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 21 January, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    I had written previously about accusations that Donald Trump properties were gun free zones. At the Shot Show in Las Vegas, the Trump tower is a convenient five minute walk away. I grabbed my camera and headed over to see if I could find any No Gun signs. In the picture above, you can see that the buffed and polished entrance to the Trump Tower in Las Vegas is not marred with any "NO GUN" signs. If you look at the two people leaving the tower, each of them is wearing a Shot Show badge. It was obvious that many...
  • NV: Brady Filters in Urinals at Shot Show (2016)

    01/23/2016 6:31:22 AM PST · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 22 January, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    There is no a conspiracy to put Brady urinal filters in the urinals at gun culture events. Just because they were at the Gun Rights Policy Conference held at the Sheraton Crescent Center in Glendale, Arizona in September, 2015, and at the Shot Show in Las Vegas in January, 2016, does not mean it is a conspiracy. The urinal screens at both events were all Bradys! No, not the disarmist Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, but the legitimate Brady company that produces urinal bathroom products! I am certain that some waggish member of the hotel staff did not...
  • A Good Juror Candidate in Garland, Texas

    01/22/2016 7:15:13 AM PST · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 22 January, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    There was an unusual shooting in Garland, Texas on 15 January, 2016 . It involved an old girl friend, a home security system, and a warning phone call. It seems the homeowner and the person he shot knew each other. The person had been told to leave the property an hour earlier. Then the homeowner received a phone call from the person's ex girlfriend, that he was returning, and was a threat. From cbslocal.com: Tampered home surveillance equipment is the first sign that this was not an ordinary crime. Police say that and a warning phone call is what...
  • Knife Law Reform Passes in Wisconsin; on to Governor Walker’s Desk

    01/21/2016 10:56:26 AM PST · by marktwain · 23 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 21 January, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Knife rightsis having a good year. In Wisconsin, a reform bill to de-criminalize switchblades for concealed carry permit holders and police was determined to be an insufficient by the Assembly Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety. A strengthened reform bill, to include knife preemption and decriminalization for the State, was written and passed as a substitute amendment, by a bi-partisan vote of 8-2. The bill was passed by the full House on 27 October. Thebill number is AB 142. Yesterday, 20 January, the Senate passed the bill by unanimous voice vote. It is likely that Governor Walker will sign...
  • Knives, Guns, and the Hustler Club at the Shot Show 2016

    01/21/2016 7:44:17 AM PST · by marktwain · 15 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 21 January, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    One of my contacts in Las Vegas is Garrett Cameron of Montactical.com. They are doing a good business of custom stencils and Duracoat finishes of just about any pattern that you can imagine on a firearm. Garrett was with a few friends and associates from the Shot Show. They decided to give the Hustler Cub a try. I do not think they knew it is owned by a noted disarmist and Hillary Clinton Supporter, Larry Flynt.When they got to the door, they were met by a security guy with a metal detecting wand. He was very polite, but asked...
  • SilencerCo Integrally Suppressed 9mm Prototype 3D Printed

    01/20/2016 10:42:32 AM PST · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 19 January, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    SilencerCo Integrally Suppressed Prototype 9mm One of the first items that was attracting a significant amount of attention at the Shot Show Industry Day at the Range was this SilencerCo integrally suppressed 9mm. They had brought out a similar prototype in September of 2015, but this was a new, improved, version. It is not ready for sale, but I was told that they hope to have them on the market some time in 2016. Of course, you will need a tax stamp from the ATF if you are not issued one in the military or as a peace officer...
  • Connecticut Man Exercises 2A Rights; Refuses to Show Permit while Carrying

    01/20/2016 9:14:14 AM PST · by marktwain · 15 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 20 January, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    A pistol carrier in Connecticut was asked by a police officer to produce a permit. He asked the officer what the reason was for the officer asking for the permit. The officer replied with an expetive. From fox61.com: Brown told FOX 61 what happened next: "Well, you have a gun. So then he said, 'do you have a permit?' And I'm like why? He said 'because I (expletive) said so." But, according to the newly written law, police may only request a permit if there is reasonable suspicion of a crime.The officer did not arrest or detain Brown.I did...
  • OK Creek County Sheriff Offers Discount to CCW Applicants

    01/19/2016 9:14:08 AM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 19 January, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    John Davis, Creek County Sheriff in Oklahoma, is doing what he can to encourage armed citizens. He recently lowered the fee for fingerprints from $25 to $10. He says he is not allowed to reduce it to zero. From tulsaworld.com: In a letter from Sheriff John Davis posted on the Sheriff's Office's Facebook page, he wrote "As a result of the ever-increasing violence being committed upon the American citizen and the current state of our country, I encourage each citizen of Creek County who is legally able to fully utilize their Second Amendment right 'to keep and bear arms,'...
  • Ready for Shot Show Industry Day at the Range

    01/18/2016 5:19:26 AM PST · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 18 January, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    I drove up from Yuma to Las Vegas today, to go to the Industry day at the Range tomorrow. It is nice to be one of the media invited to this event, which most of the industry from around the world uses to highlight and show off the latest in technological improvements and new products. If I want to take my laptop, they will have media tents to do stories from, complete with wi-fi to blog directly to the net. Pretty cool stuff. Always nice to run into professional colleagues as well. I am looking forward to seeing Alan...
  • FL: This Senator Holds the Key to Open Carry and Campus Carry in Florida this Year

    01/17/2016 5:38:24 AM PST · by marktwain · 2 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 16 January, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    The immediate fate of the open carry and campus carry bills in Florida rest in the hands of the Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman, Miguel Diaz de la Portilla, R-Miami. From bizjournals.com: But the chances might be better that the Senate Judiciary Committee will look at allowing Floridians to openly carry sidearms than moving forward with another proposal that would allow guns on state university and college campuses. Judiciary Chairman Miguel Diaz de la Portilla, R-Miami, said he and committee staff members continue to review the high-profile proposals, which would apply to people who have concealed-weapons licenses. The Senate President,...
  • Poll at the Boston Globe: Should the US ban assault weapons?

    01/16/2016 11:43:29 AM PST · by marktwain · 52 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 17 January, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Poll: Ban Assault Weapons?No 8 votes Yes 3 votes The Boston Globe has a pair of articles, Pro-Con style on the question: Should the U.S. ban assault weapons? There are few respondents at present, with No having 8 votes and Yes having 3 votes. This is in the range that we usually expect in Second Amendment related polls, with Second Amendment supporters usually outnumbering disarmists by three to ten times as many. The link to the poll is here, near the bottom. This is an unusually small number of votes on a Second Amendment related issue. Definition of disarmist ©2016...
  • The War on Gun Dealers

    01/16/2016 10:04:24 AM PST · by marktwain · 17 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 16 January, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    In 1968 Congress passed the infamous Gun Control Act (GCA) of 1968. The act banned the sale of guns through the mail except to federally licensed dealers. One purpose of the act was to weaken and defund the National Rifle Association. A great deal of advertisement funding for the NRA magazine, The American Rifleman, came from ads for the mail order of firearms.The mail order of pistols had been regulated since 1927. GCA 1968 banned mail order of rifles and shotguns, guns that were used in only a small percentage of crimes, and created a whole new class of...
  • DGU of the day: T-Mobile Clerk in Chicago wins Gunfight Against two Robbery Suspects

    01/16/2016 5:19:56 AM PST · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 15 January, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    A Chicago T-Mobile clerk won a gunfight with two would be robbers on 13 January, 2016. The gunfight happened on the far South side, after the robbers displayed handguns as they entered. Neighbors said that the store had been robbed several times previously. The armed clerk has not been named. He hit both suspects multiple times. The suspects are in the hospital. The store is locally owned. It has been reported that T-Mobile corporate has no legal influence on store policies about employees carrying firearms. Neil Tadros is the district manager for T-Mobile. From chicagotribune.com: The employee shot both...
  • VA: County Supervisor Says to Remove Ban on County Employee's Second Amendment Rights

    01/15/2016 7:56:02 AM PST · by marktwain · 2 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 13 January, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Tommy Scott Photo courtesy of wdbj7.com In Bedford County, Virginia, Supervisor Tommy Scott has proposed a change to County administrative policy to restore County employee's ability to exercise their Second Amendment rights while at work. Infringements such as these are common for lower levels of State and local governments. They gradually crept into administrative codes that became popular during the "progressive" era of the last 100 years. From wdbj7.com: At Monday's supervisor meeting, Tommy Scott proposed a change to county policy that would allow employees with a concealed carry permit to exercise their right while on the job. Scott...
  • Review of "Sherlock" The Abominable Bride TV 2016

    01/14/2016 4:42:36 PM PST · by marktwain · 49 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 8 January, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    The Sherlock Holmes series by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is enjoyable fiction that has millions of fans across the world over a hundred years. It glorifies reason, logic, and observation of facts. I do not consider myself a fan, but have enjoyed reading several of the novels and short stories. The BBC has created a successful television series featuring the Holmes and Watson characters in a modern setting. I have seen one of those episodes, and it did not seem too bad, though the focus on Holmes as a drug addict was a bit grotesque. The new movie is...
  • Democrats Unanimous in Support of Gun Control for 2016

    01/14/2016 5:26:22 AM PST · by marktwain · 20 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 12 January, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    For the 2016 elections, the Democrat candidates are virtually unanimous on gun control. They support President Obama's executive orders, and want to go beyond what he is pushing: From the hill: "I absolutely agree with what the president is trying to do with his executive order," Sanders said to a cheers at a Democratic candidate forum. Clinton was not in attendance. "I know I'm being attacked as being a stooge for the NRA. Well, some stooge, I have a D-minus lifetime voting record," he said. From Time.com: Today, Clinton's calculus has changed. She has come out this campaign in...
  • Idaho Brings Constitutional Carry into Play in 2016

    01/13/2016 5:31:41 AM PST · by marktwain · 1 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 12 January, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Idaho has been a prime candidate for enacting Constitutional carry for decades. They have introduced bills that looked promising, but ultimately were bogged down in intramural fights among Republicans. Last year there were several public demonstrations in favor of Constitutional carry, and consideration of a bill was forced over the Republican leadership. It failed. This year may be different. Speaker Scott Bedke was credited for the bills failure last year. This year, he thinks it might pass. From clearwatertribune.com: The Post Register (Idaho Falls, 12/14/15) interviewed Idaho House Speaker Scott Bedke, and reported, “Bedke said gun legislation is likely....
  • Is Modern Medicine the Reason for the Falling Murder Rate?

    01/12/2016 6:29:56 AM PST · by marktwain · 17 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 12 January, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    One of the most interesting facts in the debate about guns and crime in the United states over the last 20+ years is that the murder rate has fallen in half while the number of guns per capita has increased from .89 in 1993 to 1.18 in 2014, an increase of 33 percent. One of the thesis that is put forward for the decrease in murder rates is better medical technology. Clearly, there have been significant improvements in the availability of emergency transport, access to emergency personnel through the ubiquity of cell phones and emergency providers, and better surgical...
  • 2015 Record Year for Firearms Sales and NICS Background Checks

    01/11/2016 11:07:46 AM PST · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 11 January, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    2015 was a record year for the National Instant Checks System (NICS), and for firearm sales. The previous record year was in 2013, another year in which President Obama put considerable effort into passing strict gun control, and failed. It is one of the few policies that President Obama has not been able to use his allies in the media to ram legislation through Congress. In 2013, there were 21,093,271 background checks completed through NICS, according to the FBI. That amounted to 16,031,210 additional private firearms added to the stocks, according to the ATF. The numbers for NICS checks...
  • Trump Appreciates Vote of Armed 65-Year-Old NH Woman

    01/11/2016 7:39:45 AM PST · by marktwain · 8 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 11 January, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Donald Trump In Donald Trump’s speech at Burlington Vermont, on 7 January, The Donald paid tribute to an armed woman who defended herself in New Hampshire, virtually next door.Link to video At 59:10, Trump says: We have this woman in New Hampshire who actually said that I am going to vote for Mr. Trump. She hears someone behind her. We have to protect the Second Amendment, we have to protect it. Trump goes on to say that the woman shot the man who attacked her, and the man did not die, he ended up in the hospital. He says that...
  • DGU of the Day 65-Year-Old 104 lb, 4-11" Woman Stops Attack

    01/10/2016 6:14:54 AM PST · by marktwain · 19 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 8 January, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Michael Bontaites MPD A line that has been bandied about for at least 40 years is: God did not make men and women equal. Colonel Colt did. That seems particularly appropriate for this case out of New Hampshire, where a diminutive woman who is old enough to qualify for Social Insecurity used her handgun to protect herself. Situational awareness and the willingness to act were a combination that spelled bad news for the attacker, who was less than half her age and nearly twice her size. From manchesterinklink.com: The woman, who is described as 4-foot-11 inches tall and 105...
  • Burns, Oregon, is not Bundy Ranch

    01/10/2016 5:57:31 AM PST · by marktwain · 9 replies
    RenewAmerica ^ | 9 January, 2016 | Chuck Baldwin
    Let me be clear: the situation in Oregon does not remotely compare to the events that took place at the Bundy Ranch in Nevada. In Nevada, the federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) was the aggressor, which included a very real threat of violence against the Bundy family. The Bundy family appealed to their neighbors and friends for help. And help rightly arrived. The legal nuances of the Bundy situation notwithstanding, BLM gave the appearance of preparing another Waco incident that just could not be tolerated. Over 80 innocent Americans, including elderly men and women and small children, were murdered...
  • ‘Expert’ talks about Regulating FFLs… Does not Know what They Are

    01/09/2016 6:08:33 AM PST · by marktwain · 15 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 9 January, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Wisconsin Public Radio has the Joy Cardin Show that invites guests to talk on subjects of the day. On 5 Januray, 2016, the show was about Obama's potential executive orders to regulate guns through Federal Firearms License requirements, and others. The guest that was invited to the show was Timothy Noah, a journalist from Politico. Noah wrote a piece in Politico about executive orders.An activist from Hayward, Wisconsin calls in to the show. He makes this comment:These regulations are not necessary and are just grandstanding by the President. At one time in the Country, getting a Federal Firearms License,...
  • Universal background checks have already been tried

    01/08/2016 6:17:47 PM PST · by marktwain · 15 replies
    Idaho Statesman ^ | 7 January, 2016 | Clayton Cramer
    As President Obama plans to pass new gun-control measures by executive order to extend the reach of background checks to all private sales, you may be wondering why there is such opposition to requiring all private-party gun sales to go through the same background check that gun dealers do. Evidence should drive public policy, not hope. If a policy has been tried, has it produced the desired results? This may be a surprise, but many states already have mandatory background checks for all firearm transfers, or for all handgun transfers; it is already a federal crime to transfer guns to...
  • Trump will end Military ‘Gun Free Zones’ day one in Office

    01/08/2016 6:59:25 AM PST · by marktwain · 32 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 8 January, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Donald Trump Link to videoIn Burlington Vermont yesterday, 7 January, Donald Trump had another packed rally. It seems as if it is the only kind that he has. In the speech, near the end, the Donald starts talking about the Second Amendment. He says that the 65 year old woman who defended herself in New Hampshire said that she is going to vote for Trump. He went on to say that gun free zones are bait for bad guys. He talked about how ridiculous it is that our military bases are gun free zones. He mentioned that we have to...
  • Goldilocks Ruling in Washington Supreme Court on Knives as Arms

    01/07/2016 7:00:18 AM PST · by marktwain · 16 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 6 January, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    The Washington State Supreme Court issued an insane ruling on December 31st. The ruling was written by Justice Charles Wiggens, pictured above. The case was City of Seattle v. Wayne Anthony Evans. I classify this sort of opinion as Goldilocks gun control. While this case involves knives, the approach is the same. Under Goldilocks gun control, guns are restricted under any imaginable restriction, until the ones that are left are such a small number that they are acceptable to disarmists. Either guns are "too big" (.50 caliber rifles) or too small (easily concealable), too military (weapons of war) or...
  • The Gun ‘BuyBack’ Briarpatch

    01/06/2016 5:26:32 AM PST · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 28 December, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Congressman Donald M. Payne Jr. (D-N.J.-10), has recently reintroduced “The Safer Neighborhoods Gun Buyback Act” (pdf). It is the same bill as one that was filed last year. I have written about the bill, HR-4278. It makes no economic sense, for the Nation as a whole, and it will not reduce crime one iota. It has little chance of passing. But on close examination of what the bill actually does, it is a “briar patch” that Second Amendment Supporters might not mind being thrown in. We are far past the point where there is any sense or connection between...
  • Niccolo Machiavelli: Advice on Disarming

    01/05/2016 7:43:27 AM PST · by marktwain · 25 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 31 December, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Niccolo Machiavelli is what some have called the first modern analyst of political power. Some have called him the founder of modern political science. Others have compared him to the Devil, as he showed the moral underbelly of political power. He is widely honored on the left as showing how to use power to stay in power. Most of the people who know of Machiavelli know him from his most famous work "The Prince". "The Prince" is essentially a short course on how to get and keep political power. At the time it was written, it was a rather...
  • Northern Tool and Equipment adds Gun Accessories

    01/04/2016 6:20:06 AM PST · by marktwain · 16 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 2 January, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Northern Tool and Equipment Company has started to include firearms accessories in its product line. The company is noted for manufacturing products and tools that are less expensive than most competitors. Many of the products are produced overseas in China, but other sources are also used. Northern Tools also manufactures many products in the United States. From al.com: The company builds a lot of its products at a 250,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Faribault, Minn. The Hoover store includes a service center for product repairs. It is interesting to see that Northern Tool is expanding its line into utilitarian gun...
  • First Day Open Carry Texas, 2016

    01/03/2016 5:58:19 AM PST · by marktwain · 46 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 3 January, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    After years of work, political activism, protests and educational open carry marches, Texas now has licensed open carry. If you have a carry license, you can carry your holstered pistol in most public spaces in Texas. On this first day of licensed open carry, I celebrated by going doing a little open carry. I started with the library in Benbrook, because I have been spending some time working there. They have very good Internet connectivity, and the place that I am visiting does not. They were not open on the First, a holiday, so I contented myself with carrying...