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  • PA House Moves to Spank Scofflaw Governments, Concurs with HB80 (preemption enforcement)

    10/24/2014 5:04:51 AM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 23 October, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Every one of the 50 states has some kind of firearms preemption law.   This makes perfect sense, as otherwise each town, county, and local government could enact a local ordinance to invalidate your right to keep and bear arms.   You could easily be placed in jail for an inadvertent violation of an ordiance that you never knew existed, just because you crossed an invisible political boundary. Pennsylvania has such a law, and it is a well thought out example.  There is only one problem; the means to enforce it is weak.   To prevent local governments form flouting the rule...
  • Cheap Gun Opportunity, New Orleans, 25 October, 2014

    10/23/2014 5:19:30 PM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 24 October, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Long Guns Recently Turned In at Phoenix event in May, 2013 The New Orleans Jefferson Parish and Kirsha Kaechelel, will be hosting a gun turn in event on 25 October, 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 Embassy located  at  1200 Franklin Avenue, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. It appears that they will be giving out cash.   $75 will be given to those who turn in a handgun, $200 will be...
  • Open Carry at the San Simon Rest Stop

    10/23/2014 3:38:31 PM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 22 October, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    On my way back to Yuma, I switched from concealed carry (open carry of modern handguns is illegal in Texas) to open carry.   Just past the New Mexico border, in Arizona, is the San Simon rest stop, at exit 388 on I-10.   I have been to this rest stop many times.   The Rest Area Guide is old and weatherbeaten.    There is no prohibition on the carry of arms, because of open carry activists actions at the Sacaton rest stop in 1998.   No one had a problem with me having a pistol in the rest area.  A friendly truck driver...
  • OR:Warning Shot Brings Help

    10/23/2014 9:31:11 AM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 22 October, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Devon Woltring I am not a fan of warning shots.   The bullet has to go somewhere;  in densely populated areas, there is a chance that an innocent person could be injured.   Still, I run across stories where warning shots seem to have "worked".  That is, the warning shot seems to have accomplished some good purpose, whether to defuse the situation without anyone being killed or wounded, or, as in this case, to bring help. The suspect above is accused of stealing money from a resident, then returning to attack a resident of the home involved.  From kgw.com: "The resident...
  • Police South of the Border are Often Disarmed

    10/22/2014 1:50:01 PM PDT · by marktwain · 9 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 21 October, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    I do not know where the above picture was taken.   I recall that I saw many empty holsters on police in Panama at shift change.   The practice was that the police did not keep a pistol with them; they were issued one at work, and turned it in at the end of the shift.  I vaguely recall seeing a banana or plantain in a couple of them. I understand that Mexican police generally keep their firearms with them, but several other countries in Central and South America have the same policy as I saw in Panama.   Police in...
  • Did the University of Idaho just push for "Swatting" of Legal Gun Carriers?

    10/22/2014 5:22:20 AM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 20 October, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Matt Dorschel, on the left Last Wednesday, 15 October, the University of Idaho held a forum on "guns on campus".   The main presenter was Matt Dorschel, university executive director for public safety and security.  While the forum attracted only a few students and faculty, the policy presented was radical.   From the Lewiston Tribune (pdf): Dorschel said any firearm sighting is grounds to call 911 even if a person is not purposely showing their weapon. He said firearm holders have a responsibility to conceal their weapons and they are violating the university's policy if they don't.  Despite this strict interpretation...
  • PA:Barbershop Shooter Acquitted, Case in Shirt Pocket

    10/21/2014 12:04:06 PM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 19 October, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    A jury recently found Albert Dudley not guilty of aggravated assault, simple assault, reckless endangerment, and possessing an instrument of crime. In 2012, Dudley become involved in an altercation with another barber at the shop where he worked.   Dudley had a concealed carry permit, and during the altercation, his firearm was fired, striking his opponent.  Versions of the event vary considerably.   From the article about the arrest: Later, Dudley gave investigators a written statement saying he had been at work when the victim arrived, appearing intoxicated. He claimed the other man became physically aggressive during the argument.   Originally,...
  • D.C. Second Amendment Case Moves Forward

    10/21/2014 6:47:49 AM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 19 October, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    In July of 2014, the ban on carrying guns outside the home in the District of Columbia was struck down as violating the second amendment of the Constitution.   The judge granted a stay to the District government.  In September, the District government passed emergency legislation that it claimed would meet Judge Scullin's requirements for a constitutional law.   The law contained numerous absurd restrictions.   On 2 October, Alan Gura filed a motion asking that the court block the implementation of the emergency law.  From wamu.org: In a blistering court filing, attorney Alan Gura argues that the Council's bill — which limits...
  • FL: Woman Arrested for Protecting Children from Water Moccasin

    10/20/2014 4:49:49 AM PDT · by marktwain · 38 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 19 October, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Who would have thought that it would be illegal to defend children from a poisonous snake?  This is where the insanity of extreme gun restrictions have brought us.   In Florida, a mother was at a school event during a football practice session.  A water moccasin was discovered on the practice field, but attempts to kill it with sticks were not successful.  From newsherald.com: April Dawn DeMarco, 30, was arrested for discharging a .380-caliber handgun on the practice football field of Bay High School, 300 E. 15th St., during practice last week for the local Pop Warner football team. Demarco...
  • How does Banning Citizen Carry of Guns in Kroeger's Stop Armed Robbery?

    10/19/2014 3:26:25 PM PDT · by marktwain · 30 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 18 October, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Bank Robber in a Kroeger's On freerepublic.com, a discussion about the Moms Demand Action push for a gun ban following an armed robbery of a bank inside of a Kroeger's, brought this commonly expressed question.  This one was from rktman: "Uh, how would this have stopped the robbery again? Please 'splain that to us." I will explain it.  MDA is playing a very long game.   In order to be effective, they have to reduce the number of guns in society by large, large, amounts.  They have to avoid considering any benefits gained from gun ownership.  Here is how I...
  • MS:Supreme Court Rules in favor of 71-Year-Old Harvell Richardson in Self Defense Case

    10/19/2014 9:30:28 AM PDT · by marktwain · 18 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 18 October, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Harvill Richardson I recall this case from 2009.  The couple let a homeless man into their home, to help him.  Things quickly went bad.  The couple became fearful as he bragged about his past murders.  From Findlaw.com: ¶ 2. Because Rudy Quilon was homeless following his release from prison, Harvill Richardson permitted Quilon to move into his home while he got back on his feet. Over the next five months, Quilon became increasingly unwelcome as he bragged about having been convicted for murder and armed robbery, his previous experiences as a gang member, and killing a “snitch” in prison....
  • ID:Court Knocks Down Corps of Engineers Ban on Guns

    10/19/2014 4:55:18 AM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 18 October, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Senator Coburn of Oklahoma has been attempting to remove the ban on carrying guns on lands managed by the Army Corps of Engineer for several years.   Perhaps the Obama administration should have agreed to the legislative compromise before the ban was challenged in court.   Now the Corps  is faced with a court decision citing Peruta in the Ninth Circuit, that declares that carry outside of the home is a constitutional right.  On 10 January, 2014, Judge B. Lynn Winmill of the United States District Court for the District of Idaho, issued a preliminary injunction against the Army...
  • AZ:Armed Citizen Thwarts Bank Robbers, Kills One

    10/18/2014 10:55:16 AM PDT · by marktwain · 30 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 17 October, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    After being shot, one robber dropped the stolen money. An armed citizen in Arizona has stopped a bank robbery in a dramatic and effective fashion.   It appears that he determined what was happening, took action, and fired on the armed robbers when they resisted.   One robber was killed, the other is in custody.   It reminds one a bit of the famous Arkansas bank robbery that was thwarted by armed citizens in 1922.  From abc15.com: "He took the keys out of the car because they left the car running. And so he took the keys out of the car and...
  • PA:Bill to Hold Scofflaw Governments Accountable Passes Senate

    10/18/2014 6:18:38 AM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 17 October, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    HB1243 passed the Pennsylvania House of Representatives on October 6th, 143 to 54.   The bill adds teeth to the Pennsylvania preemption law that has been on the books for years.   Over 50 local governments have made a mockery of the rule of law by passing restrictive and illegal local ordinances.  The bill allows member organizations to sue municipalities on behalf of their members, so those who push citizen disarmament (disarmenters?)  are claiming that it gives authority for the NRA to sue local governments. That is true, just as the ACLU sues local governments over first amendment issues, or the...
  • .22 Teaser in Oklahoma

    10/17/2014 1:57:16 PM PDT · by marktwain · 28 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 17 October, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    I was traveling South on Highway 75 in Atoka, Oklahoma, when I saw the sign pictured above.   I couldn't resist stopping and finding out if it were true.  I have been saying that  the ammunition bubble was going to pop, and I have been seeing a bit more .22 ammunition available than a few months ago. The sign was for  The Pawn Ticket, and it was open. Once inside, I was informed that they had run out of .22 ammunition the day before.   They were selling it for $85 a brick (500 rounds) or $10 for a box of...
  • OR:Gun Stolen from Open Carrier was not Loaded; as Required by Law

    10/17/2014 4:33:53 AM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 16 October, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    A week ago I wrote an article about the unicorn event of an open carrier having his firearm stolen by an armed robber.   It is only the second event that has been documented.   Numerous pundits sided with those who want their political opponents disarmed.   An important detail was left out of the story. Multnomah County, where the robbery took place, requires that openly carried guns must be unloaded.   The ordinance makes it an offense to possess a loaded magazine or speed loader if you do not have a concealed carry permit.  As the open carrier was barely old enough...
  • Details of Bear Spray/Handgun Defense case in Glacier Park

    10/16/2014 1:51:37 PM PDT · by marktwain · 53 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 16 October, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    On 26 July, 2014, 57-year-old Brian D. Murphy defended himself against a charging grizzly in Glacier National Park.  The case is interesting for a number of reasons.  Two months after the attack, Murphy was charged with discharging a firearm in Glacier Park, a misdemeanor that carries a $500 fine.   On 9 October, a motion to dismiss the charge was put forward by the U.S. Attorney's Office after Murphy's attorney said that they would raise the  defense of self-defense.    Judge Keith Strong granted the motion last Thursday.  From missoulian.com: The U.S. Attorney’s Office has dismissed the charge against 57-year-old Brian...
  • Nashville Police Chief: Secret Service Tried to Fool Armed Homeowner with Fake Search Warrant

    10/16/2014 1:09:31 PM PDT · by marktwain · 56 replies
    The Truth About Guns ^ | 16 October, 2014 | Robert Farago
    Nashville Police Chief: Secret Service Tried to Fool Armed Homeowner with Fake Search Warrant By Robert Farago on October 16, 2014 “Nashville Police Chief Steve Anderson recently sent a letter to Congress alleging that Secret Service agents asked Nashville police to falsify a warrant so that the agents could search the home of a Nashville resident who had posted about President Obama on Facebook,” benswann.com reports. More specifically, “in January of 2013, Secret Service agents working out of the Nashville field office visited the home of the resident who made the Facebook postings and knocked on his door. Then, an...
  • Defensive Gun Use and Ebola

    10/16/2014 8:05:50 AM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 16 October, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    The possibility of infection during and after a defensive gun use has long been a matter of concern.   On the positive side, guns give you some "stand off" distance; they are effective without coming into direct contact with the attacker.  On the negative side, if you have to shoot someone, there will be lots of blood and other bodily fluids, so the chances of infection become much higher. I write this from the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, where my first grandchild was born in the same hospital complex that treated the first U.S. Ebola patient, Thomas Duncan, from Liberia.  He...
  • LA:Gun Bluffs do not Always Work

    10/15/2014 12:40:07 PM PDT · by marktwain · 20 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 15 October, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    No Ammo is Available for the .442 Rimfire Tranter shown Bluffing with a gun often works.   Most criminals do not wish to be shot; they run away.   But sometimes, the criminal is drugged, crazy, or  determined, and they "call" the bluff, often with direct, aggressive action.  It is then that you need a few skills to keep from being hurt or killed.   First, do not allow the criminal to get close (within five feet) of you.   Inside that distance, it is very hard to stop a determined person who has the advantage of action over reaction....
  • Al:Gun Beats Stick, Chief Pleased

    10/14/2014 6:25:02 AM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 12 October, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Police Chief Chris Carden Robbers who use clubs are very dangerous.  They often believe that they have to strike their victim to demonstrate seriousness.   In this case, the would be robber made a mistake in the victim selection process.  His victim was a CCW holder who drew his gun when threatened.   The would be robber ran off, but the armed  citizen was able to give a good description to the police, who quickly made an arrest.  From al.com:   "I am extremely proud of the good police work that came into play," Carden said. "They all did an outstanding job...
  • Are Black People Carrying Guns Public Enemy No. 1?

    10/13/2014 5:58:01 AM PDT · by marktwain · 27 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 12 October, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    So claims Charles Gallagher, a sociologist at La Salle University.  From CNN: "Whites walking down Main Street with an AK-47 are defenders of American values; a black man doing the same thing is Public Enemy No. 1," says Gallagher, a professor at La Salle University in Pennsylvania. Fortunately, we know that Charles Gallagher is wrong.  See the picture above?  It was taken in August of this year.   The article reports that members of the gun cub went to a restaurant and ate while openly carrying their guns... next to a group of police officers.   Nothing happened. Not exactly what...
  • Attorney gains firearms permit for man disqualified for gun ownership;

    10/12/2014 7:24:06 AM PDT · by marktwain · 31 replies
    Madison-St. Clair Record ^ | 10 October, 2014 | Record News
    Dr. George L. Kraft III, a chiropractor in St. Louis County, is now the owner of a .357 revolver with a six-inch barrel after his attorney successfully challenged Missouri statutes and federal classification that prohibited Kraft from owning a firearm. The state of Missouri disqualified Kraft from the right to own firearms after he suffered a stroke in 2005 until attorney Christopher J. Zellers of the Zellers Law Firm, LLC, gained a judgment in St. Louis County Circuit Court overturning the disqualification after an 18-month legal process. “My client was deemed incapacitated because of a stroke and as a result...
  • Alan Gura as Superman

    10/12/2014 6:32:04 AM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 12 October, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    This depiction of Alan Gura as Superman in the fight to restore second amendment rights was made available for people to sign, as a gift to Alan, at the Gun Rights Policy Conference in Chicago.   Alan Gura is held in high regard because of his court wins in the Heller and McDonald Supreme Court cases.   He recently had another victory in the Palmer v. DC case, though it took five years to obtain a decision there. Alan Gura attended the Gun Rights Policy Conference in Chicago.  Several speakers  warned of the dangers of  circuit court take overs by Obama...
  • Florida Father's Mistakes; 20 Years for Warning Shot

    10/11/2014 1:21:08 PM PDT · by marktwain · 29 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 9 October, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Florida passed a reform of its gun law this year to prevent situations such as what has happened to Lee Wollard.   Wollard says that he fired a shot to stop an assault and force a young man out of his house;  the prosecutor charged him with firing into a building, aggravated assault and child endangerment.   The young man was dating his daughter and was 17. No one was hurt, but the bullet penetrated the walls of the house and struck the house next door. Under the old Florida law, the prosecutor could offer this dilemma: plead guilty, be convicted...
  • WI: A Gun at the Wayside Inn

    10/11/2014 6:02:43 AM PDT · by marktwain · 17 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 9 October, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    The Wayside Inn is a sports bar in Northern Wisconsin.  It has been around as long as I can remember, and is in the neighborhood where I grew up, on Highway 63 a few miles North of Hayward.   I had dinner there recently with relatives.   They have a traditional fish fry on Friday (it was very good).  While there, I noticed a new semi-automatic shotgun on the wall.   I have often seen wall hangers elsewhere, but there are nearly always non-functioning items of art rather than modern firearms.   I went back to determine what the...
  • IL: Police Officer Robbed of his Gun and Badge

    10/10/2014 5:15:26 AM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 9 October, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    In the United States, armed citizens are seldom robbed.   When they are, it is usually because the robber does not know that they are armed, and simply makes a mistake in victim selection.   That may be what happened with a Illinois police officer.  It happened on 7 September, 2014.   From wgntv.com: An off-duty Harvey Police Officer is in critical condition after being attacked and robbed. It happened around 3:00am this morning near 59th and Lake Shore Drive, at the nearby harbor. The officer was reportedly hit in the head with a gun, before his gun and badge were...
  • Dan and Pat: False Narratives from the old Media

    10/09/2014 3:58:26 PM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 9 October, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    While visiting Wisconsin, I went out to dinner with some of my favorite relatives.   Pat is my cousin, and Dan is her husband.   They are wonderful people, competent, smart, careful, considerate and polite.   Dan retired a couple of years ago.  Pat is still working.   Dan is a boating enthusiast, keeps himself in great shape, and participates in 50 mile bike races.   They have a vacation home on a nice lake only a few miles from the property where I grew up.   I made a point to contact them when I came up to Wisconsin, and we made a point...
  • Another Unicorn: Open Carrier Robbed by Armed Criminal

    10/09/2014 7:05:58 AM PDT · by marktwain · 22 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 9 October, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Open carry event in Colorado In a nation of over 300 million people, rare events happen.   Yesterday, another rare event happened.   A person openly carrying a gun was held up at gun point and their gun was stolen.  It last happened, that I know of, in Milwaukee in 2010, before the state passed their shall issue concealed carry law in 2011.   In the Oregon event, 21 year old William Coleman had just purchased a pistol the previous day, and was openly carrying it in the Portland metropolitan area, in the early morning hours.  From oregonlive.com: According to Gresham police,...
  • Negroes and the Gun:American Gun and Book Review

    10/08/2014 5:25:22 PM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Rise of the Anti-Media ^ | 7 October, 2014 | Brian Anse Patrick
    American Book and Gun Review by Professor Brian Anse Patrick University of Toledo   Negroes and the Gun: The Black Tradition of Arms. Nicholas Johnson, Amherst, New York: Prometheus Books, 379 pages, 2014. In response to a nonviolent civil rights worker who was surprised to see a firearm in the house of a well known black southern civil rights activist, the activist explained, “That’s a non-violent gun.”  This is one of scores of telling incidents and historical events documented by Professor Nicholas Johnson as he traces the American black tradition of gun ownership from its painful beginnings in slave days,...
  • DC: Virtual "No Carry" Law goes to Judge Scullin on 17 October

    10/08/2014 4:26:20 PM PDT · by marktwain
    Gun Watch ^ | 7 October, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Alan Gura The District of Columbia recently passed an emergency measure to allow for the issuance of concealed carry permits within the District.   The measure is one of the most restrictive in the nation, combining the most restrictive features of existing state law along with a couple of new wrinkles.   The Washington Post has graciously posted a copy of the law online.   The law is only valid for 90 days, to meet Judge Scullin's order.   The council has already stated that it intends to revisit the law after that time, apparently to make it more onerous.  From the Washington...
  • Wisconsin Open Carry Road Trip

    10/08/2014 8:39:36 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 7 October, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    I attended the Gun Rights Policy Conference at O'Hare during the last weekend in September.   After the conference, I visited friends and family in Wisconsin.   Wisconsin has always had legal open carry of firearms, but only recently enforced the law against scofflaw governments in Madison and Milwaukee.   I decided to celebrate Wisconsin's return to the rule of law and the enforcement of constitutional rights by openly carrying on my trip through most of the state. At my first stop to fuel, on I-90 between Milwaukee and Madison, I told the clerk what I was doing, and asked him to...
  • Congressional Lawyers Push for Fines, Jail for Scofflaw Eric Holder

    10/07/2014 3:58:39 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 5 October, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    The Washington Times reported yesterday that government lawyers asked U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson to apply judicial remedies to Attorney General Eric Holder.   He has stonewalled for years on turning over documents from the Fast and Furious case.  From washingtontimes.com: Mr. Holder was supposed to turn over the documents by Oct. 1. The attorney general has not — but instead, announced his resignation from office. Lawyers for the lawmakers say the time has come when the judge should consider imposing fines on Mr. Holder, or even throwing him in jail.  Many are speculating that now that ...
  • Post Office Carry Before the 10th Circuit

    10/06/2014 6:21:50 AM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 5 October, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    The 10 Circuit heard oral arguments last Monday on whether an unsecured, unmanned post office was a "sensitive place" where the U.S. Government could ban  people from exercising their second amendment rights, under the Heller decision. A district judge had awarded a partial victory to the 56 year old architect when it declared that the particular post office parking lot was not a "sensitive place" where weapons could be banned.   Both Bonidy and the Federal government appealed the decision.   From the AP story: Bonidy's attorney Steven Lechner of the Mountain States Legal Foundation told the judges the lobby is...
  • Charles Cooke at National Review Writes About Threats based on Gun Watch Picture

    10/05/2014 12:57:57 PM PDT · by marktwain · 17 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 5 October, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    It is nice to see that more people are noticing the weird threats against peaceful people generated at the Moms Demand Action facebook page. Charles C. W. Cooke writes about it at National Review.com.   I would have been happy to have him use the photograph, with attribution, but perhaps, because the MDA page did not give attribution, he never contacted me. He does a good job of covering the issue.  I would have been happy to give him more background.   From nationalreview.com: Reacting to a photograph of a man standing at a checkout with a handgun holstered upon his...
  • Panama, Dr. Smythe, and Grizzly Attack

    10/05/2014 5:22:34 AM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 4 October, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    I spent nearly five years in Panama, working for the Army.   It was a formative experience that forever shaped my life.   I intend to visit Panama again someday.  While there, I met and became friends with Dr. Nickolas D. Smythe.   We had a number of conversations about science, biology, and research.   I always have appreciated being around exceptionally smart people, and Dr. Smythe was one.   I have lost track of him, and I hope that he is doing well. His research was centered around the domestication of the agouti.   It was a very ambitious project, as the number of...
  • Stalking a Trophy Turkey in Wisconsin

    10/04/2014 3:06:52 PM PDT · by marktwain · 17 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 3 October, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    There were no wild turkeys in Wisconsin when I was growing up.   They had been wiped out by the 1920s.   The common wisdom was that they could not handle the winters in Northern Wisconsin, but they might be re-introduced into the Southern half of the State. The "common wisdom" was wrong.   I took the above picture this morning, on the way to my parents former property, which now belongs to my Brother.   He had stalked a trophy tom turkey there just 3 days before.   Even though turkeys have become plentiful in Wisconsin, you are still required to apply for...
  • Moms Demand Action Steals my Picture

    10/04/2014 6:47:48 AM PDT · by marktwain · 53 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 3 October, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    I had the picture above taken, and wrote the story about it a month ago.  It seems to have hit a nerve, because Moms Demand Action stole the picture and tried to use it for their propaganda.   It is one of the reasons that I copyright these articles and allow for use *if the attribution line is included*.   MDA did not include the attribution line, but their use of the picture is backfiring anyway. Here is a link to the article at concealednation.org that it generated.    Brandon, the author, did a good job. As we start reading through the...
  • WY:Bear Spray v. Bullets: Flaws in the Studies

    10/03/2014 10:24:33 AM PDT · by marktwain · 25 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 2 October, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Three recent cases of bear attack in Wyoming illustrate the flaws in studies purporting to show that bear spray is superior to firearms as a defense against bears.    On September 20th, 2014 the following incident occurred.  From county10.com: (Dubois, Wyo.) – The Wyoming Game and Fish Department and the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service both confirmed today that a third bear incident occurred this past weekend, on Saturday in northwestern Fremont County. In this incident, Lander Large Carnivore Specialist Brian DeBolt said a Grizzly bear was shot and killed “in an act of self defense” in the East...
  • ME:Don't use your Shotgun as a Club... Unless you must

    10/02/2014 6:29:21 PM PDT · by marktwain · 25 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 2 October, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    In a dramatic video from Maine, a neighbor uses his shotgun as a club to drive off Pitt bulls attacking a neighbors Basset hound.   It is a bad idea to use your firearm as a club.   The firearm may be damaged, and not operable when you need it.   In the video, the man in the blue shirt (MIBS) is showing clubbing the attacking dogs with the shotgun, then shooting one of them. Link to video That is what is shown, until you look at the time stamps.   When you check those, it is clear that the man in the...
  • IL: Non-resident Carry While Traveling

    10/02/2014 4:57:18 AM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 1 October, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    I attended the Gun Rights Policy Conference in Illinois last weekend.   After the event, I met another attendee in Wisconsin.   Don Hosmer recalled disarming before entering Illinois, and seeing several others do so as well.   As a result, I decided to explore the problems and possibilities of carry in Illinois for a non-resident. You could apply for, and obtain an Illinois concealed carry permit.  They are backed up at present, but it looks like it would be possible, if somewhat difficult.  From the Illinois State Police site:  Sec. 40. Non-resident license applications. (a) For the purposes of this Section,...
  • Encounter at a Central Wisconsin Diner

    10/01/2014 11:21:33 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 1 October, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Don Hosmer Last year, on the way the Gun Rights Policy Conference (GRPC), I had an unexpected encounter at a diner in central Texas.   I rode my motorcycle to that GRPC.   This year I took my truck to the GRPC in Chicago.   I have friends and family in Wisconsin that I wanted to visit, and some items that would have been less comfortable to carry on a motorcycle.    This year the encounter happened after the conference. I was traveling up I-90/94 when I decided to stop for dinner on the northern edge of the Wisconsin Dells.  Last  year I...
  • Would you sell a car to someone you do not know?

    09/30/2014 6:19:11 AM PDT · by marktwain · 29 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 29 September, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Alan Gottlieb, at the Gun Rights Policy Conference, asked a very scary question.  It is a question loaded with bad premises, freighted with unintended consequences.   It was terrifying when you consider where it leads us, as a society. It was: Would you sell a gun to someone you do not know? The premise that underlies the question is that selling a gun to someone that you do not know is irresponsible, and that it should be regulated by the government.  Alan followed up his question with another terrifying premise: If you sell your gun to someone who later uses...
  • Challenging "Gun Free" Zones at the GRPC

    09/28/2014 5:54:56 AM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 28 September | Dean Weingarten
    <p>Dr. John Edeen, above spoke as part of a panel on targeting "Gun Free Zones".   Dr. Edeen was not always part of the gun culture.   He grew up in New Jersey, but now practices medicine in San Antonio, Texas.</p> <p>He started taking colleagues shooting, and talking about the dangerous "gun free" policy of the hospital where he works.   He ran into considerable opposition, but over the course of time, he has converted many.   He says that he has obtained over 400 signatures from coworkers on a petition for the Hospital to change its policy.</p>
  • Gun Rights Policy Conference: Trouble at O'Hare

    09/27/2014 5:23:00 AM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 27 September, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Joe Tartaro and Dave Workman stop by the table of David Codrea, lower right I have been traveling for the last week to attend the Gun Rights Policy Conference (GRPC), which is being held this weekend at the Hyatt Regency in Chicago.   The hotel is at O'Hare airport.   I left family members in Missouri at about 5:40 a.m. on Friday morning.   I had a little over 500 miles to go to reach the conference.    My Niece called an hour later, just as I was getting coffee (free, they had a special) at a McDonalds. O'Hare was in trouble. Early...
  • MN:CCW Holder Cleared in Shooting

    09/26/2014 10:44:48 AM PDT · by marktwain · 13 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | Dean Weingarten
    Earl Malone, Suspected Armed Robber One adult attempts to rob another, using the threat of deadly force.  The victim is an armed adult with a concealed carry permit.  He defends himself, and the attempted robber dies.   Cause for muted thanks, correct?  The good guy won, and there is one less hardened criminal on the street to make the city a slightly less dangerous place. The CBSMinnesota headline: Man Released After Claiming Self Defense In Fatal Mpls. ShootingThis from cbslocal.com: Authorities believe he was acting in self-defense when he fatally shot 18-year-old Earl Malone Saturday night at the intersection of...
  • CO: CCW Carrier Protects his Dog by Shooting Attacking Dog

    09/26/2014 5:17:37 AM PDT · by marktwain · 28 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 25 September, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    In the story, it is clear that the dog that attacked was unsecured and in violation of the law.   The family had been gently warned that their dog might escape.  The  CCW carrier's fears were realized, and he had to use deadly force to save his own, legally restrained, dog.   The dog is referred to as a "lab" but it is clear that it is a mix of some kind.   It was an adopted dog, so its ancestry is not certain.  Most dogs are very territorial; it is not surprising that they will attack other dogs that they view...
  • Wisconsin Man Shoots Robber in Texas

    09/25/2014 10:45:58 AM PDT · by marktwain · 22 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 24 September, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Map from usacarry.com It was only a couple of decades ago that crossing state lines left most law abiding people effectively disarmed.   That started changing as the "shall issue" concealed carry firearms reform swept through the country.  I particularly remember how criminals were targeting people with rental cars in Florida, because they could be fairly certain that the people were from out of state, and thus effectively disarmed. Florida responded by changing there law to allow for interstate reciprocity, and to allow non-residents to obtain Florida concealed carry permits.   Florida permits are now one of the most popular...
  • TN: Armed "Good Samaritan" Defends Self, in the Middle of a "Domestic"

    09/25/2014 4:33:54 AM PDT · by marktwain
    Gun Watch ^ | 24 September, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    In this case reported from Antioch, Tennessee, a domestic argument ends with a stranger being drawn into a potentially deadly encounter.     The accused and a woman were arguing, and the accused told her to to get out of the car on the Interstate.   A stranger, seeing a woman walking on the Interstate, stopped to ask if she needed help.   Shortly after, the accused came back, stopped, drew a pistol and pointed it at the two.   The stranger drew his own gun, words were exchanged, and the accused drove off.   No shots were fired. Talk to any police officer, and...
  • PA: Rumors on Preemption Bill HB2011

    09/24/2014 1:18:45 PM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 23 September, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    In Pennsylvania, the legislature is looking at a strong preemption bill, HB2011, to put some strength into the Pennsylvania preemption law.   Local governments have been scoffing at the law, because it has no provision for enforcement.   Other states have had to add enforcement measures to their law for this very reason.  All states have some form of preemption for gun laws.  The law seemed likely to be brought up last week.   It wasn't. From ar15.com, brich2929 writes, on 17 September, that State Rep Brad Roae's facebook page had this notice:  We will be voting on a pro gun rights...