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  • VA: Clerk Shoots one of two Robbery Suspects

    07/30/2014 12:40:00 PM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 31 July, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    On Monday, 28 July, a robbery was attempted at a Chesapeake, Virgina Exxon station.      It wasn't the first time.   The reporter stated that it was the second robbery at the station this month.   The robber displayed "a dark colored handgun".   As the robber was leaving the store, the clerk fired several shots. At first, it was not clear if any of the shots had connected.  Then, 35 minutes after the holdup,  19 year old Terry Graves checked into Maryview Hospital with a gunshot wound to the shoulder.   His picture is shown above.  From wavy.com:  Investigators confirmed...
  • Deputies, Police Reserves, and Militia

    07/30/2014 2:52:27 AM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 26 July, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    There were no police at the time the Constitution was written and the Bill of Rights ratified.   Police as we know them did not come into being until a couple of decades later, in the UK, with Sir Robert Peel.   There, giving the police power was resisted as an infringement on local power for a considerable time, and police only gradually spread across the United States. Police forces have taken over many of the functions of local militias, and are for the most part, locally controlled.   The closest modern equivalent of to the militia of the constitutional era are...
  • MI:Multiple Dog Attack Stopped by Gunfire. This one too Late.

    07/29/2014 3:54:44 PM PDT · by marktwain · 32 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 29 July, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    In Michigan, two Cane Corsos, a large breed descended from Roman war dogs, attacked a jogger.  A neighbor saw that the jogger was down with the dogs attacking him.   He  defended the attacked man with a .44 magnum, firing two shots, one in the air, the other at one of the dogs, grazing it.   That stopped the attack.   Later one of the dogs tried to return to the attack, but left when it saw the man with the gun.  From  freep.com: A man mowing his lawn waved at Sytsma, a 46-year-old Livonia man, who politely waved back....
  • DC: Alan Gura on Stay and/or Appeal of Palmer v. D.C.

    07/29/2014 10:19:16 AM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 29 July, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    There have been rumors flying about on what Alan Gura has agreed to on a stay on the Palmer v. D.C. case.   These were fueled in part by the wording in the District's request for a stay, which originally claimed that it was unopposed.  According to Alan Gura on his blog, that is not the case: I have a better understanding of what the city will now do. The city will probably file an appeal — that’s within their right. The city would ask for a stay pending the resolution of the appeal — they can ask for that,...
  • Giving up Rights for Politicians' Fear is Silly

    07/29/2014 5:42:29 AM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 28 July, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    According to Emily Miller, the famous investigative reporter, DC Council Chairman Phil Mendelson emailed her this message in reaction to the District Court finding that the constitutional rights of Americans did not stop at the District borders: "Because of the District's unique national security concerns, the right to carry a firearm in public must be more heavily restricted than any place else in the nation. Four U.S. presidents have been assassinated by gunfire, and at least five others have been shot at, including Ronald Regan who was seriously wounded in 1981. Neither the Secret Service nor the Capitol Police...
  • MD:Private Buyers "Run Off" from Turn In "buy back" Event

    07/28/2014 3:57:59 PM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 29 July, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Private buyers competed with ShopRite food cards for guns at a Baltimore City gun turn in "buy back" on Saturday, the 26th of July.    That may be one reason that this event only collected half as many guns as last year's event did.  231 guns were turned in this year, 460 last year.  The term "buy back" is a bit of propaganda, because the people buying the guns never owned them in the first place.   From baltimoresun.com: Several men holding signs that said "$$ Cash for Guns" stood outside the event, trying to persuade people to sell their guns...
  • LA: Another Gun Owner Stops Attack by Multiple Pit Bulls

    07/28/2014 1:25:45 PM PDT · by marktwain · 13 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 27 July, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    It was only  a week ago that Dennis Williams saved a neighbor that was being attacked by ferocious Pitt Bulls.   He retrieved a pistol when baseball bats were not enough, and killed one dog before the others ran off.   He used a .22 revolver.   Now, in Louisiana, on the north side of Lake Ponchartrain,  a very similar incident has occurred.  A young woman was attacked along a walking trail by two Pitt Bulls.   A neighbor heard the screams, just at Dennis Williams did.  He brought a 9mm pistol, killed one of the attacking Pitts, and severely wounded the other. ...
  • Another Citizen Ensnared by D.C. Gun Law

    07/28/2014 6:02:29 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 26 July, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    A prominent veterinarian and farmer, who is also a member of the North Carolina State University's Board of Trustees, was arrested in the District of Columbia after police discovered a holstered, loaded handgun in his briefcase.   He apparently was scheduled to attend a meeting in the Cannon House Office Building.  Capitol police discoverd the firearm in an ankle holster inside of his brief case.   I suspect it was the Ruger LCP, a popular, small, pistol. A friend believes that the small gun was inadvertently left in the luggage.  From the comments at thestate.com: I know Ron personally and he...
  • Will Emily Miller Carry in DC?

    07/27/2014 2:59:49 PM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 27 July, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Emily Miller is the famous investigative reporter who wrote the series  "Emily Gets Her Gun" about applying for a permit to legally own a firearm in the District of Columbia.  The series led to her successful book of the same title.   An autographed copy sits near my elbow.   I met Emily a couple of years ago at a Gun Rights Policy Conference.   She is a sharp woman, intimately familiar with the insanity of D.C. gun laws, who owns a legally registered handgun in the District of Columbia. She recently tweeted: Stay tuned- I'm writing a story with the details...
  • FL:Court Uphold Florida Law Limiting Doctor Snooping and Recordkeeping of Patients Gun Ownership

    07/27/2014 1:12:03 PM PDT · by marktwain · 22 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 27 July, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_A8tM-hOOUqQ/S8HTXqrkIZI/AAAAAAAAA9g/QnOs59Ck3LI/s1600/Doctor+Big+Brother.jpg The old media in Florida tried to frame the issue as one of the limiting of Doctor's speech, but it was never about that.   The law was in reaction to Doctors inappropriately asking questions about gun ownership, and potentially feeding that information into government databases.  This is known as a "boundary violation" where a professional uses his power in inappropriate ways. The 11th Circuit Cout of Appeals upheld the law yesterday, the 25th of July.  It is possible that the rulling will be appealed to the Supreme Court.   From the startribune.com, Marion Hammer, a proponent of the law...
  • Will Dick Heller Carry in D.C.?

    07/27/2014 5:59:58 AM PDT · by marktwain · 12 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 27 July, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Dick Heller (yes the famous Heller of the Supreme Court case) is celebrating the resounding victory in the Palmer v. D.C. carry outside the home case that was released yesterday.    From Dick: Within minutes of getting home and sitting down at my kitchen table, I received a phone call. It was George Lyon, a plaintiff in the case as well as an attorney. He shared the good news that Judge Scullin, who was appointed by Justice Roberts, had issued a decision striking down the ridiculous and useless restrictions on self-defense with a firearm outside my home. With George on the...
  • D.C. Has Constitutional Carry for an Unknown Time

    07/26/2014 2:43:18 PM PDT · by marktwain · 18 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 27 July, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Alan Gura reports that the District Court, after nearly five years of stonewalling, has found for the Constitutional right to bear arms outside of the home.  It has struck down the prohibitions on carry outside of the home in the District of Columbia, for both residents and non-residents.   It took five years and two petitions for a writ of mandamus to obtain this decision.  The wording below is from the decision.   From alangura.com: In light of Heller, McDonald, and their progeny, there is no longer any basis on which this Court can conclude that the District of Columbia’s...
  • UK Paper Gets it Right: Hero doctor stops hospital shooting rampage

    07/26/2014 5:24:24 AM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 26 July, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    The UK is a very unfriendly place for the gun culture, yet compare this headline from the dailymail.co.uk with the old media in the U.S.: Hero doctor stops hospital shooting rampage: Psychiatrist uses his own gun to shoot patient who killed caseworker in front of him Here is the Washington Post:Authorities search for motive in gunfight between psychiatric patient and doctor Consider that the doctor had just witnessed a murder of a coworker in front of him, and was wounded in the head and hand while defending himself and others. It says a great deal when a British paper...
  • Philadelphia Agrees to Settlement, Training, License Procedures for Guns

    07/25/2014 11:06:37 AM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 25 July, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    The City of Philadelphia recently settled a class action lawsuit concerning people who had applied for a license to carry firearms (LTCF).   The City did not admit to any wrongdoing, but they agreed to pay 1.4 million dollars in settlement fees, and to change procedures.   The lawsuit stemmed from the city posting personal information contained in applications on line and available to the public. While the City did not admit to any wrong doing, what they agreed to do in the future is quite revealing.   The actual settlement agreement is available online here, in a PDF file. First, the...
  • Lions and Guns in Nebraska

    07/24/2014 1:38:06 PM PDT · by marktwain · 25 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 24 July, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Animal attacks may not be recorded as defensive gun uses in most surveys, and they are never recorded as justifiable homicides.   But defensive uses of guns against animals occur frequently.   I was surprised to learn of the number of mountain lions that have been shot in defensive situations in Nebraska.   Here is the latest incident. A man in near Chadron, Nebraska shot a mountain lion that was menacing young children near his residence.  He grabbed a rifle and approached the animal, which refused to flee.   From a Nebraska Game and Parks press release: A man reported noticing the animal...
  • "I Shot Her Twice,She Best Be Dead!"

    07/24/2014 10:08:32 AM PDT · by marktwain · 121 replies
    Sky Valley Chronicle ^ | 24 July, 2014 | NA
    (LONG BEACH, CA.) -- They came to the wrong house to do a B & E (break and enter) that night and they most certainly frightened and roughed up the wrong 80-year old man. For one of the invader-robbers that night, a woman, it was indeed a fatal error in the victim selection process. Tom Greer, an 80-year-old retiree arrived at his home in Long Beach Tuesday night to find a man and a woman in the middle of a late night break in, ransacking the place. Greer told L.A.'s KNBC-TV as soon as he got inside both robbers tackled...
  • WI: Bats Fail: 70-Year-Old Uses Revolver to stop Pit Bull Attack

    07/24/2014 4:30:50 AM PDT · by marktwain · 94 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 24 July, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Dennis Williams, above, did not hesitate to intervene to save a man being attacked by three pit bulls.  The event was reported on July 21, 2014, in Washington County, Wisconsin. Mr Williams is in his 70s.  He heard screams for help outside his house and saw a man on the ground being viciously attacked by three Pit Bulls.   He grabbed two baseball bats from his garage, and started hitting the animals with the bats.  It wasn't enough.   He retrieved a pistol, and started back toward the scene.   The animals started advancing on him.  He shot and killed one dog...
  • MD:Cheap Gun Opportunity in Baltimore City, 26 July, 2014 Turn In (buy back)

    07/23/2014 6:40:21 PM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 24 July, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Long Guns Turned In at Phoenix event in May, 2013 There will be a gun turn in event on 26 July, 2014 in Baltimore City, Maryland.  While these events are commonly labeled with the propaganda term "buyback" the guns were never owned by the people attempting to buy them. The location for the event will be at the New All Saints Catholic Church in the 4400 block of Liberty Heights Avenue from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  The event offers a $100 gift card for turning in guns.   From wbaltv.com: get a $100 gift card to ShopRite. Officials said no...
  • MT:Billings Gun Auction to Save Assets

    07/23/2014 12:07:26 PM PDT · by marktwain · 28 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 22 July, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    The Billings Montana Police Department and Yellowstone County Sheriff's department are going to auction off a number of guns on Saturday, August 2nd, from 9 a.m. to noon.   The stated reason for the auction is the law passed in Montana that requires such assets to be sold to federal firearms dealers (Montana code 46-5-313) rather than be destroyed.   These pictures give us an idea of the assets that are being saved by laws such as these.   Each picture is one lot of guns.  The guns will be auctioned off in lots.    Notice the minty looking Springfield 1903 in the...
  • Open Carry Marchers Draw Cheers on Independence Day in Colorado

    07/23/2014 7:21:33 AM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 22 July, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    On Independence day, in Colorado, there was an open carry contingent in the parade.   The popularity of open carry in the area can be judged by the size of the contingent, which was an estimated 250 participants.   It was the most popular part of the parade.   From gazette.com: But the largest group of participants - and the one that got some of the most enthusiastic response from the crowd - were the estimated 250 advocates, many clad in red, white and blue, marching openly with guns holstered on their hips or slung over their shoulders. They carried everything from...
  • FL:Hit and Run, Then Gunfight

    07/22/2014 5:53:49 PM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 22 July, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Location of Till Dawn Bottle Club at 8205 Dale Mabry Highway In this unusual case in Tampa, Florida, little is reported about possible motivations; but we can make informed speculations.  The facts are this.   A patron of the Till Dawn Bottle Club was thrown out of the club at about 3:30 a.m. He drove off in a Dodge Challenger, and subsequently rear ended a GMC Yukon that was being driven by a visitor from Pennsylvannia, Alexander Sierra, 27.  Alexander was accompanied by his brother and girl friend. They followed the Challenger until its driver lost control and hit a...
  • TN:Another Restaurant Welcomes Armed Citizens

    07/22/2014 9:02:46 AM PDT · by marktwain · 15 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 20 July, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    This sign is posted on three doors of the Shiloh Brew and Chew in Maryville, TN A Tennessee restaurant is welcoming armed citizens.   The decision was made after the owner read about a convenience store manager that was shot after putting up a "No Weapons Allowed" sign, and after she lost business because some customers thought that she did not allow armed citizens inside.   From wbir.com: "They had put up a sign that said 'No Weapons Allowed' and they were robbed at gunpoint two days later. The convenience store manager was shot," said Floyd. "And that got me thinking....
  • MO: Supreme Court Rules Right to Keep and Bear Arms Will be on August 5 Ballot

    07/21/2014 8:19:51 PM PDT · by marktwain · 14 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 19 July, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Missouri will have a strengthened Right to Keep and Bear Arms provision on the August 5th ballot.  Yesterday the Supreme Court upheld rulings against foes of the amendment , who tried to keep it off the ballot.   The constitutional amendment was passed by overwhelming margins in the legislature, assuming that it would be on the November Ballot.   Governor Nixon (D) decided to put the measure on the August primary ballot instead.   A few days ago, Governor Nixon vetoed a popular gun law reform that was passed with veto proof margins in the house, and potentially veto proof margins...
  • CA: Intruder Ignores Warning Shots, Is Shot by Homeowner

    07/21/2014 1:38:14 PM PDT · by marktwain · 41 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 19 July, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    In this strange incident, little is said about why the intruder tried to force his way into the shooters home.   All that we know is that the homeowner drove into his garage, and the intruder drove a car behind the homeowner to prevent the garage door from closing.  A verbal altercation followed, then warning shots were fired, then the  intruder was shot. The authorities are investigating the incident, which they say stems from the rather ambiguous term "road rage". From the marinscope.com: The homeowner, a 71-year-old man, drove into his garage, and the other man tried to drive in behind...
  • Dangerous to Young Children? Five Gallon Buckets or Guns?

    07/21/2014 6:03:45 AM PDT · by marktwain · 11 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 18 July, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Which are more dangerous for young children, five gallon buckets or guns?  Five gallon buckets result in a small number of fatal accidents for young children; about 27 a year.   The accidents are not tracked as rigorously as those with firearms are.  I found a study that tracked them for six years.  From a pediatrics study:   Analysis of Consumer Product Safety Commission data revealed 160 bucket-related drownings for the years 1984 through 1989, representing a mortality rate of 0.367 per 100 000 persons (younger than 2 years old) per year in the United States. I have not found numbers...
  • Suomi K31 50 rd 9mm Quad Stack Magazine

    07/20/2014 7:24:17 AM PDT · by marktwain · 18 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 19 July, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    A friend was telling me about an experience he had in the Phillipines, where CIA agents had quad stack magazines.   I told him that I had heard of them, but only remembered that the were of Scandinavian origin.   A little research revealed that they were for the Soumi K31 submachine gun, made in Finland.  Several other submachineguns were made that use the magazine.   A fair number of Swedish K  (M45) submachine guns can use them.   The Swiss M43/44 is a licensed copy of the Suomi, as is the Swedish/Danish M37/39 Here is an excellent YouTube video describing the magazine...
  • IL: State Police Change Rules on Concealed Carry License

    07/19/2014 1:23:45 PM PDT · by marktwain · 11 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 18 July, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    The Illinois State Police have come under a lot of pressure as the magnitude of the lawsuits they are facing under the Concealed Carry License procedures has become known.   Even the old media in Illinois has been complaining that the procedures are secret, people are not told why they were denied, and this is not following due process.    There are hundreds of lawsuits pending. They have decided to modify the process.   They issued a press release about  emergency rules on July 14th.   According to wuis.org: In a memo, the State Police Director Hiram Grau cites these lawsuits...
  • TX: First and Second Amendment Win in Arlington

    07/19/2014 7:12:34 AM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 18 July, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    The first and second amendments of the Bill of Rights are essential for supporting each other.   The first amendment is essential to support the second, while the second amendment provides the means to protect the first.   It is clear that the open carry of firearms is itself a strong political message.   Openly carrying a gun is protected political speech. In Texas, open carry activists have been pushing hard to have the right to open carry modern handguns restored.   It was lost during reconstruction when the carpet bagger government rewrote the state constitution.   Open carry activists have participated in hundreds,...
  • OR: Attackers Call 911 on Man who Defended Himself Against Them

    07/18/2014 2:04:20 PM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 18 July, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Suspects who called the Police Florida recently passed a law making it harder to prosecute people who are defending themselves with firearms.   The law builds on a trend started with an Arizona law that codified the defensive display of a firearm as legal. The Arizona law had been prompted by criminals use of the criminal justice system to punish people who had foiled their crimes by displaying a firearm in self defense. This Oregon case, though it did not receive official sanction, shows how criminals attempt to use, or use, the criminal justice system to their advantage. In the...
  • AK: .45 vs 9-Foot Brown Bear

    07/18/2014 5:47:30 AM PDT · by marktwain · 34 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 17 July, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Many people claim that handguns are useless for protection against bears.   Numerous examples have shown that this is a false notion.   Handguns may not be ideal as defensive weapons for bears, but they can be effective.  In a defensive situation, you have to use what is available.   In this case, a homeowner in Alaska used a .45 against a brown bear that was trying to get into his house on July 7th of this year.  He and his son were in the home.   He had scared off the animal with some warning shots just three hours before. ...
  • MO: Shooting Intruder in Back Justified

    07/17/2014 4:14:26 PM PDT · by marktwain · 16 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 17 July, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Attacker who beheaded British Policeman This incident in Missouri shows the use of discretion by  Missouri County Prosecutor Matt Howard.     In this case, the homeowner, Mark Routh, discovered a man, Hanna, attempting to break into his home.  The homeowner armed himself with a shotgun and approached the intruder.  A struggle ensued, during which Hanna stabbed Routh in the upper leg.  As reported in connectmidmissouri.com: After a struggle, Hanna began to move away with his back turned and was shot by Routh at a distance of 66 feet, near the outer effective limit for a 12-gauge. The shot peppered Hanna in...
  • TX: Concealed Permit Holder Shoots Attacker in Four Star Hotel

    07/17/2014 6:05:32 AM PDT · by marktwain · 21 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 16 July, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Most defensive shootings do not occur in four star hotels.   But on the 6th floor of the Grand Hyatt in San Antonio last Saturday, the 12th of July, there was an exception. An occupant of the hotel, Moises Torres, 34, is said to have been creating a disturbance in the hallway, breaking light fixtures and banging on doors, saying "he was looking for someone to kill".  At least one person called security.   When the CHL (concealed handgun license) permit holder thought Torres was gone, he opened his door.   He reported that Torres charged him and the...
  • Meet the honest 27 year old single mom from PA who faces 3 years in a New Jersey prison

    07/16/2014 10:24:31 AM PDT · by marktwain · 101 replies
    wyblog ^ | 12 July, 2014 | Chris Wysoki
    Meet the honest 27 year old single mom from PA who faces 3 years in a New Jersey prison Shaneen Allen is no dangerous criminal. She's a single mom working 2 jobs who's already been robbed twice while traveling alone at night in Philadelphia. Her family suggested that she carry a gun for protection. She took a gun safety course, applied for and was granted a concealed carry permit, and bought a gun. Then she made the mistake of driving into New Jersey. Now she's going to prison. Allen said that she didn't know her permit didn't apply to New...
  • Miami Cop in Trouble after Pulling Over Speeding Driver, who Turns out to be internal Affairs

    07/16/2014 9:06:17 AM PDT · by marktwain · 50 replies
    LiveLeak ^ | 14 July, 2014 | Miami Police Officer
    A Miami police officer pulled a car over for speeding last month, which turned out to be a plainclothes internal affairs lieutenant who shoved the door open on the officer after refusing to provide his drivers license, leading to a struggle on the side of the road that was caught on camera. As the two were on the ground wresting, another three Miami cops who just happened to be in the area pulled up and piled on the screaming driver– only to pull off when they realized the man at the bottom was an internal affairs lieutenant from their own...
  • Revolving Shotgun Concept Suited for 3D Hybrid gun

    07/16/2014 5:47:52 AM PDT · by marktwain · 13 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 14 July, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    This homemade revolving shotgun design seems well suited for a 3D printed/hybrid metal version.    While the version pictured uses cut off chambers from cast off 12 gauge barrels, the same effect could be accomplished by using sections of the appropriately sized water/gas pipe or tubing.  The same tubing/pipe could be used for the barrel.  The concept would be that the 3D printed parts would comprise the cylinder into which the chambers would be fitted and glued, and which would have the more difficult mechanical details to revolve the cylinder.   Perhaps a modification of the zig-zag revolver design by Yoshitomo...
  • Insider Story on Jacksonville Gun Turn In (buy backs)

    07/15/2014 5:51:48 AM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 14 June, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Jacksonville, Florida has been running gun turn-in "buy back" events for a bit over a year now. The events stand outside of the norm for a number of reasons. First, they are funded by a private donor. Second, the money offered is at the low end for these events - $50 for all types of guns. Third, the Sheriff's Office, which runs the events, specifically reserves the right to determine if guns are "collectible". Those guns are not destroyed. While it is to the credit of the Sheriff's Office that it does not wantonly destroy valuable guns, I have...
  • Petition to Reform the National Firearms Act

    07/14/2014 9:20:30 AM PDT · by marktwain · 38 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 13 July, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    The rifle pictured above is completely legal.  Take off the stock and the barrel, and replace them with the two inch shorter barrel  and the pistol grip, and it is completely legal.   Leave the stock on, and put on the shorter barrel, and you have just committed a Federal felony with a potential five year jail sentence.  The rifle pictured above is a single shot.   The two semiautomatic handguns and the revolver have more power, more capacity, and are easier to conceal, but their possession is constitutionally protected.   The National Firearms Act of 1934 might have made...
  • MS: Jackson Homeowner Shoots 2 of 3 Invaders

    07/14/2014 6:18:55 AM PDT · by marktwain · 14 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 13 July, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    It is 2 a.m.  Multiple home invaders have broken into your house.  The homeowner manages to shoot two of the three, with solid hits.   We do not know if the third was hit because the police have not found them yet.  From wjtv.com: One person was hit in the head and taken to the hospital with life threatening injuries. A second person was found shot in the chest behind a house across the street several hours later.  There is no mention of the homeowner being hit, so they probably were not injured.   While the story does not...
  • WI: Concealed Carry Permit Holder Shoots Accused Robber, Carjacker

    07/13/2014 2:18:30 PM PDT · by marktwain · 13 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 13 July, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    In Milwaukee, ,a woman with a concealed carry permit shot a would be robber who had been released after being accused of shooting a man in the face during an attempted car-jacking the day before.   The potentially impressive criminal career has probably ended, as the suspect is now paralyzed and in the hospital.   He is 15 years old.   From wisn.com: Police said a woman the 15-year-old tried to rob near 14th and Olive streets the day after the Motley carjacking, pulled a gun on him.Motley and his wife said the victim had a conceal carry permit and shot...
  • Some Ukrainians push for Swiss Model of Defense

    07/12/2014 3:57:01 PM PDT · by marktwain · 12 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 12 July, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Ukrainians are learning the advantages of an armed citizenry the hard way.  An organization in Kiev, Київський Легіон,  (Kyiv Legion) is calling for citizens to become armed on the Swiss model.   They even suggest that it might make sense to have those who do not serve be taxed to make up for their lack of service.   This is not an uncommon concept in history, and was used in the American civil war.   I am told that this is a Google translation.   What little Russian I had is long gone, and the original is probably in Ukranian.   Russian and Ukrainian...
  • Florida's Reform of Gun Law Already Working

    07/12/2014 7:16:57 AM PDT · by marktwain · 20 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 11 July, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    An armed citizen stopped a deadly knife attack with a warning shot.  Under the new law, that went into effect a few days ago, he can be certain that he will not be charged. Specifically, the new bill is the "Threatened Use of Force" bill, which was passed by legislators after scrutiny of Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law.   That scrutiny  revealed that prosecutors were using the mandatory sentencing law to pressure people who believed they had acted in self defense, to plead out instead of going to trial.  A wide variety of groups, from the Unified Sportsmen of...
  • FL: Black "Zimmerman" Finally Vindicated

    07/11/2014 1:29:53 PM PDT · by marktwain · 19 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 11 July, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Gabriel Mobley Gabriel Mobley and a friend, Jose Correa, were attacked without provocation in February, 2008, as they stood on a sidewalk outside a restaurant.    Jose had his eye socket fractured by the first punch thrown in the surprise attack.   As the first attacker danced back after delivering the blow, the second of the team of attackers rushed the victims.   Mobley said that he saw the second attacker reach under his shirt.   He drew his legally concealed Glock pistol and fired at the attackers.   Both were hit and died of their wounds.   All of this was captured on...
  • Arizona Stands with Open Carry Texas

    07/11/2014 5:09:36 AM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 10 July, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    At this time of year in Arizona, I open carry.   I was in a McDonald's, drinking coffee and using the Internet when I considered how ordinary this all was, and how much heat was being put on Open Carry Texas for merely working to obtain the same freedoms in Texas.   Freedoms that are part of the law in most states of the union, somewhere around 44 states, at last count.  It was particularly surprising how much of the heat was coming from within the gun culture.  So I decided to stand with Texas.   I saw a gentleman who did...
  • OH: 71-Year-Old CCW Holder Stops Domestic Murder

    07/10/2014 7:24:27 AM PDT · by marktwain · 22 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 10 July, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Jerold Evans, 19, was upset with his ex-girlfriend.  He apparently decided that the way to end his negative emotion was to use a .45 on her.   He did not count on a member of the gun culture being on hand and intervening.   Bobby Howard, 71, had a concealed carry permit, a handgun, and the will to use it.   As Evans menaced his Ex with the loaded .45, Mr. Howard assessed the situation, drew his weapon, and stopped the threat.   From the Toledo Blade: Owner of Howard‘s‍, Bobby Howard, 71, shot Jerold Evans, 19, inside the store at about 11:15...
  • Media Campaign Against Chipotles Open Carry is Backfiring

    07/09/2014 2:27:58 PM PDT · by marktwain · 17 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 9 July, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    The marketing expertise of Moms Demand Action has created a media campaign to demonize the open carry of long guns, especially in Texas.   Shannon Watts, who heads MDA is a longtime professional at creating media campaigns:  She is not just Suzy Homemaker or some low-grade employee at a small company but a heavy Public relations hitter, savvy on the ways of media manipulation and making her clients look good. Basically she “grows” astroturf for a living. Open carry activism in Texas has become so effective that both Governor candidates have endorsed the legalization of the open carry of handguns,...
  • ID: Most Students Comfortable with Guns on Campus

    07/09/2014 6:55:35 AM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 8 July, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    As I followed the story of the Idaho legislature making the carrying of guns on campus legal for a small subset of students that were highly trained, it was shocking to see how much silly disinformation was published in an attempt to railroad the legislators into voting against the measure.   Everything was thrown at them, from the usual "blood in the streets" fallacies, to smears of adult students as irresponsible drunks, to a highly inventive notion that Idaho campuses would lose funding for nuclear research reactors.  One educator asked when he would be able to shoot students, in a...
  • Chinese Man Guns Down Unidentified Chinese Woman in Tokyo

    07/08/2014 3:14:22 PM PDT · by marktwain · 33 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 8 July, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Photo of Crime Scene It is not often that you read of homicides in Japan that involve firearms.   Firearms are tightly controlled; Japanese are some of the most law abiding people on the planet; and firearms have never been widely available. It is not surprising that when such a homicide occurs, it involves foreigners.  In this case, a Chinese man appears to be the perpetrator and a Chinese woman the victim.   The article assumes that the victim was married to the man, but the police had not identified her.   From japantimes.co: The pair reportedly started to quarrel after entering...
  • MO: Court Rules for RKBA on Ballot August 6th

    07/08/2014 5:59:18 AM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 7 July, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    On 1 July, 2014, Judge Jon Beetem dismissed the lawsuit against placing the constitutional right to keep and bear arms on the August 6th primary ballot. Other states that have placed similar measures before the public have seen overwhelming support for them, often with majorities over 74%.   Wisconsin passed such a measure in 1998 with 74% of the vote.   Kansas passed their amendment with 88% of the vote in 2010.  Louisiana did the same with 74% of the vote in 2012.    Oklahoma has a similar measure on the ballot for this November.   It seems likely that Democrat Governor Nixon...
  • Book Review: Rise of the Anti-Media by Brian Anse Patrick

    07/07/2014 7:29:15 PM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 7 July, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    The Rise of the Anti-Media is a profound academic examination of how the gun culture has been able to triumph in the face of overwhelming opposition from the ruling elite.   This is not a book that is light summer reading.   The issues examined, the research done, and the theory put forward to explain the phenomena, are worthy of serious study.    Information in the book is dense.  Brian Anse Patrick packs a great deal into only 282 pages.  The book captured my attention.  I devoured it in a day, but find myself repeatedly returning for more insight. It helps to...
  • The Good Guys and Their Guns

    07/07/2014 8:39:26 AM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies
    JPFO ^ | 5 July, 2014 | Claire Wolfe
    Courtesy KFSN-TV They swaggered through the jewelry store. They thought they'd have some fun. They'd seen cool gangstas on YouTube. Like those, they had a gun. But then they nearly peed their pants 'Cause the owner of the store Emerged with loaded 12-gage.* They went racing for the door. Run, you cowards, run! 'Cause you're no match you're no match For a grandpa with a gun! The burglarly looked easy. The family was asleep. So Lance thought he could have his way And fill his pockets deep. But Dad, he grabbed a .45 And Sonny a shotgun While mom and...