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  • NC: Journalist Discovers Concealed Carry

    06/03/2015 2:40:58 PM PDT · by marktwain · 9 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 2 June, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    In a USA today column, journalist John Boyle experimented with carrying a concealed weapon.   It expanded his horizons, as stepping outside of comfortable self-limits often does.  From usatoday.com: For my part, I don't see myself continuing to walk into Subway or go grocery shopping with a loaded .25-caliber pistol in my front pocket, or my .357 magnum on my hip. It just seems like it would lead to way more problems than it would solve. I'm glad to have the permit, should I ever feel the need to carry frequently, but for now, I think I'm going to stick...
  • GA: Open Carrier Stops Mass Killing

    06/02/2015 10:02:34 PM PDT · by marktwain · 11 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 3 June, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Link to video of start of shooting In Conyers, Georgia, a citizen, openly carrying a holstered pistol, returned fire at a man who had already killed two people.   The attack appears to be a planned mass shooting.   The attacker was armed with a semiautomatic pistol, which he is seen firing in the video.  When the open carrier, Todd Scott, returned fire, the active shooter stopped the attack, and fled the store.  He returned to the home where he lived with his parents, and shot and wounded them both.   At this point the police arrived at the...
  • AZ: Bullhead City Gun Shop (N&P) on the way to Yuma

    06/02/2015 1:40:14 PM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 31 May, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    On the way back to Yuma from Las Vegas, I stopped in at N.P. gun sales.  I had stopped there on the way up, but had not spent much time.   Bullhead city has the lowest gas prices on the route, and I had already filled up at $2.57 for regular unleaded.  The price was $3.17 in Las Vegas, $2.99 in Searchlight, and $2.88 in Yuma.   Neil, the proprietor, had a big smile for me as I walked in the door.  He is a people person, easy to get along with and talk to, and very knowledgeable. This Savage model...
  • AZ: Open Carry on top of the Mountain

    06/02/2015 5:53:27 AM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 31 May, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    I feel mostly recovered after a lingering virus with a nasty cough.  As related in another post, I was able to experience what it is like to be old, sick, and tired (while open carrying).   I had not conducted my usual exercise regime for nearly two months, being interrupted by travel, care for the new Grandson, and illness. Yesterday morning I did a hundred crunches, then drove back to Yuma from Las Vegas.  I have found crunches to be helpful in strengthening the core and relieving lower back pain. I usually climb a mountain twice a week as part...
  • TX: Campus Carry Passes; now to Governor Abbott

    05/31/2015 7:38:10 PM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 1 June, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    The campus carry bill passed the last hurdles in the Texas House and Texas Senate today, 31 May, 2015.  The bill was significantly altered during the debates in the House and in the conference committee, primarily because it was held up in the House calendars committee until near the end of the legislative session.  This  gave the minority of House Democrats leverage to insert restrictive amendments as a trade off to running out the clock. House Speaker Joe Straus is widely given responsibility for control of the Calendars committee; he appointed the members, who are seen as Straus loyalists. ...
  • BBC Image: PKM in Iraq Militia hands shows Feed Box use

    05/31/2015 1:12:42 PM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 30 May, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    In this image   From the BBC, a militia leader makes sure that the PKM is up front and center.  As in the picture of the Al Shabab marchers, it makes sense to put some of the more powerful weapons up front, to show that you are well armed, perhaps to intimidate enemies, or gain some political clout.  This might be considered a local version of the Soviet May Day military parade. With both side and bottom shots of the soldier/militiaman with the PKM, the use of the feed box/ammunition box is clear.   They are conspicuously lacking in the...
  • Maine's Chances for Constitutional Carry have Improved

    05/31/2015 5:50:30 AM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 30 May, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Yesterday, 28 May, 2015, the Maine Senate voted to restore Mainers second amendment rights.   The legislation would remove the requirement to obtain a permit to carry a concealed firearm.  The earliest ban on concealed carry in Maine that I could find, was passed in 1967.   It has never been illegal for Mainers to carry handguns openly.    The Maine Senate has a majority of Republicans, but the vote was expected to be closer.  The bill passed 21-14.  From the pressherald.com:  The decisive vote led advocates to predict passage in the House of Representatives, which could take up the proposal...
  • WA: Did Robber, Wearing gas mask, Shot at, Drop Gun?

    05/30/2015 3:51:49 PM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 29 May, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    In this story from Vancover, Washington, a man in a gas mask attempts to rob a convenience store.  He has a gun and threatens the clerk.  He gets some money and leaves.   From katu.come: The employee's friend took out his own firearm and followed the suspect outside, police said. The suspect turned around and pointed his gun at the man, who in turn fired several shots at the suspect. Officials aren't sure if the suspect was hit. What is not said in any story that I have read about the incident, is if the gas-masked suspect dropped the...
  • TX: Knife Preemption to Governor Abbott, Decriminalizatin of Knives "double-crossed" by Whitmire

    05/30/2015 10:34:35 AM PDT · by marktwain · 13 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 28 May, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Good and bad news for Texas knife law reform.  The good news is that HB 905 is headed to Governor Abbott's desk.  If only one knife reform bill is to pass this session, this is the preferred one.   The bad news is that knife decriminalization seems to have been killed. From texasguntalk.com: In a spot of good news, HB 905 (knife preemption) is on its way to Governor Abbott. Unfortunately, HB 3884 (decriminalization of "illegal" knives) was killed after Senator Whitmire double-crossed us. He agreed to sponsor HB 3884 and hear it in his committee, in order to get...
  • Is the Supreme Court Going to Chip Away at Heller?

    05/30/2015 5:57:28 AM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 27 May, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    The Supreme Court has been doing a very peculiar dance around an appeal from the Ninth Circuit.   The appeal is about a preliminary injunction in the case Jackson v.  San Francisco, on two regulations.   One requires that  (1) "the handgun is stored in a locked container or disabled with a trigger lock that has been approved by the California Department of Justice," or (2) "[t]he handgun is carried on the person of an individual over the age of 18. The second regulation bans the sale of expanding ammunition.  As Heller explicitly noted, as explained in the opinion: In Heller,...
  • Well used Colt Officer's Model has been passed down the line

    05/29/2015 3:14:36 PM PDT · by marktwain · 26 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 26 May, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    My father had a Colt officers model .38 for many years.  I first remember it being in the house about 1960 or so, but he likely had it well before that.  I recall shooting it as a child, and thinking that it was powerful, and loud.  My brother was given the pistol; I did not feel slighted, as there were plenty of guns to go around.  One of the interactions that I had with the old Colt was when it was impounded when my brother got into some legal difficulties. The Colt was sent to the Crime Lab in...
  • D.C. Fails to Follow Court Order in 2A Case, Motion for Contempt filed

    05/29/2015 6:47:53 AM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 28 May, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Alan Gura has filed a motion to hold the District of Columbia in contempt for failing to follow Judge Scullin's preliminary injunction in the Wrenn v. D.C.   second amendment case. The  motion is very well written, the logic is clear.  Here is an portion: 7.  Mr. Powers’ experience is particularly troubling. He is a licensed D.C. firearms instructor, who was (finally) allowed to register his handgun.1 There is no question that Powers meets all background check and training requirements. There is no legal basis to deny him a permit. 8.  District law does not provide for this sort of...
  • BBC, Thailand: Brown Receiver; Composite or Trick of Light on M-16?

    05/28/2015 9:39:47 AM PDT · by marktwain · 12 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 26 May, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    My nephew, Nick, had a BBC newscast on about human smugglers in Thailand.  It appears that the BBC is a bit less shy about showing weapons than many U.S. outlets, but that could simply be perception on this one show.  I watch very little TV.    From BBC.com: Manit told us his district had long been used by human traffickers to transfer migrants from boats to trucks. He wanted to stamp it out. But he was getting little help from the central government, or from local law enforcement.  The BBC correspondent was allowed to join a patrol off the coast. ...
  • Open Carry While Old, Sick, and Tired

    05/28/2015 6:39:25 AM PDT · by marktwain · 39 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | Dean Weingarten
    I am mostly recovered from a nasty virus that I caught from my six month old grandson.  At times I was sleeping, or attempting to, 20 hours a day,  I could handle necessary chores, but simply trying to avoid coughing enough to breath comfortably, left me weak, and feeling too tired to exert myself.  Walking a couple of hundred yards was exhausting.  I had to go to the store a couple of times for off the shelf medicine and some ice cream, which I normally eat little of.   I became acutely aware of how vulnerable I was.  I could...
  • TX: Reduction of Gun Free Zones Awaits Governor Abbott's Signature

    05/27/2015 10:53:11 AM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 26 May, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    While second amendment supporters have been watching the progress of the open carry and campus carry legislation in Texas, another bill with significant effects has passed the Senate, the House, and will likely by signed by Governor Abbott.  The legislation is SB 273, and it preempts the ability of most government entities to ban people who have concealed carry licenses from carrying weapons on most of their premises.   The bill passed 26 to 5 in the Senate, and 116 to 23 in the House.    There are significant exceptions.  Carry is banned in schools, polling places while voting...
  • BBC Image: Al Shabab AK 47s, PKM Machineguns

    05/27/2015 5:50:44 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 25 May, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    I found the photo of Al Shabab marching, presumably somewhere in Somalia, interesting.  It gives a clear look at some of their weaponry.  As an organization that deals in terror, I would expect it to be extremely conscious of the image that it puts forth.   This likely explains the preponderance of  PKM light machine guns in the hands of the four rightward ranks of the front marchers (their right). These are probably the most powerful weapons that are carried on foot by Al Shabab.  I only see those four, and it appears that other troops are equipped with AK...
  • AZ: Open Carry in Bullhead City Gun Shop, McDonald's

    05/26/2015 2:52:53 PM PDT · by marktwain · 26 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 25 May, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    I was traveling up Arizona highway 95 from Yuma to Las Vegas to take care of some business.  I follow 95 through Bullhead City, to avoid crossing a little, but inconvenient, strip of California.   Just outside the southern city limits of Bullhead city, there is a gun shop, N.P. Gun Sales, on the east side of the highway.  I was looking for some 16 gauge buckshot loads, which are not that easy to come by.  It was a good excuse to check out the store.  The first thing that I noticed as I approached the door, was this sign....
  • BBC Image: Thai Muzzle Brake on Upside Down?

    05/26/2015 5:21:03 AM PDT · by marktwain · 11 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 25 May, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    I watch very little TV.  I do not like to corrupt the data flow.  But I happened to be in Las Vegas when my nephew was watching a BBC program on human smugglers in Thailand.  From BBC.com: Manit told us his district had long been used by human traffickers to transfer migrants from boats to trucks. He wanted to stamp it out. But he was getting little help from the central government, or from local law enforcement. The BBC correspondent was allowed to join a patrol off the coast.  In the video, the BBC is not shy about showing...
  • Mass Killings Stopped by Armed Citizens, Updated

    05/25/2015 1:17:35 PM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 18 May, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Mass Killings Stopped by Armed Citizens has been my most popular article.  It was published on 16 December, 2012.  I had been collecting these incidents for a few years, ever since I noticed that the old media gave them virtually no coverage.  They received a little local coverage, but were ignored/spiked by the national media. In the original publication, there were eight incidents.  Readers quickly brought more to my attention, swelling the list to fifteen.  Over the last two years, seven more incidents have been added.  One of those, the SC Boiling Springs event, does not appear to be...
  • BBC: Somalia beach Guard with Leather AK Mag Pouches

    05/25/2015 6:06:06 AM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 24 May, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    As I watched a BBC news story about how order is being restored to Somalia, I could not help but notice the beach guard with his AK 47 and the very nice,  leather magazine pouches for 30 round magazines.   They seem to be attached to a load bearing system with shoulder straps.  From the uniformity of the pouches, it appears to be at least a local cottage industry.  The top flap seems to protect the magazines from sand, and I expect that in Somalia, a desert country, mold and decay are not huge problems.  I wonder how the leather...
  • Texas Knife Law Reform moving forward

    05/24/2015 5:50:05 AM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 23 May, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    There are two bills in the Texas legislature to reform the State's knife laws.  HB 905 adds knives to the state preemption law for firearms.  This will prevent people from unknowingly becoming criminals for local ordinances that they are unaware of.   The local ordiances are infamous for being selectively enforced. The second bill, HB 3884 decriminalizes arms that are clearly protected under the second amendment, highly desired knives such as Bowie knives, daggers, swords, and spears.  Strange as it may seem, these knives were made illegal to carry during reconstruction in the 1870's, and the law is still on...
  • TX: Credible Rumors on Jihadist Shooting at Free Speech Event

    05/23/2015 1:20:41 PM PDT · by marktwain · 34 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 23 May, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    The above picture is photo-shopped, and was posted as a clever joke.  The man in the "blue polo shirt" is actually a photo-shopped image of Jerry Miculek, one of the most extraordinary pistol shots of all time.  As Miculek is a gun culture icon, the joke was quickly exposed, but it was highly regarded.  Here is the original wording with the picture:  From ar15.com, page 51:  My sources on the Deep Web came across this pic. It was taken shortly after the shooting. The guy in the blue polo shirt with the crazy leg rig is said to be...
  • 2A Northern Mariana Islands Amended Complaint Filed 22 April, 2015

    05/23/2015 9:48:12 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 22 May, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    The second amendment lawsuit against the Government of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands has been amended to include both JAMES C. DELEON GUERRERO, the Commissioner of the Department of Public Safety, and LARRISA LARSON, Secretary of the Department of Finance of the Commonwealth.  The amendment was required by the U.S. District Court in order to include the customs policies of the Commonwealth as part of the lawsuit.   The amendment was filed on the 22 of April, 2015.    The amended complaint may be viewed at michellawyers.com(pdf). The time that it will take to render a decision on...
  • TX: Open Carry Passes Senate, with Dutton Amendment, on to Governor Abbott

    05/22/2015 8:40:07 PM PDT · by marktwain · 36 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 23 May, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Senator Whitmire, D Houston, during his non-filibuster filibuster. I just watched hours of debate in the Texas Senate on Committee Substitute HB 910.  The Senate Committee had removed the Dutton amendment, that stipulated that the police could not stop you for merely exercising your right to carry openly, and ask for a permit or license.    Here is the amendment: CERTAIN INVESTIGATORY STOPS AND INQUIRIES PROHIBITED.   A peace officer may not make an investigatory stop or other temporary detention to inquire as to whether a person possesses a handgun license solely because the person is carrying a partially or wholly...
  • Open Carry, HB 910 Substitute, in Texas Senate now

    05/22/2015 2:38:36 PM PDT · by marktwain · 17 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 23 May, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    HB 910, the Texas licensed open carry bill, passed the House by 2/3 margins.  The bill went through the Senate State Affairs Committee, where the Dutton amendment was stripped from it.   Now, being debated on the floor of the full Senate, the debate is whether to put the Dutton amendment back in.   The Dutton amendment specifies that peace officers may not detain open carriers simply to ask if they have a license, but must have probable cause to suspect criminal activity, just like they need for any Terry stop.   The amendment is designed to protect open carriers from police...
  • Move to attach Campus Carry to the Texas Open Carry Bill

    05/22/2015 5:25:58 AM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 20 May, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
     The group "Students for Concealed Carry on Campus" is organizing a call to have campus carry added to the open carry bill, HB 910 now being debated in the Texas Senate.    Their proposal would attach the Senate version of campus carry, SB11 to the bill.  They have 20 Senators that they are asking people to email.  From their facebook page: Please send an email to these twenty members of the Texas Senate, telling them you want to see House Bill 910 (open carry) amended to include Senator Birdwell’s campus carry language. You don’t have to email each member individually;...
  • TX: Popular Knife Rights bills Bottled up by Democrat

    05/21/2015 7:28:51 AM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 22 May, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Two popular bills that would reform antiquated knife laws in Texas are being bottled up by a Democrat legislator.   Both bills have bipartisan support, and passed the House unanimously.  One bill adds knives to the preemption law for the state, so that localities cannot pass insane knife laws that turn a person carrying a pocket knife into a criminal by walking from one side of a street to another, without any notice.  These bills are enforced very selectively to "get" people that the police cannot arrest for other crimes. One correspondent from Texas, reported a conversation with a San...
  • RI: Supreme Court Enforces Shall Issue law

    05/21/2015 6:04:35 AM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 20 May, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Rhode Island is generally thought of as a "shall issue" concealed carry state.  That perception has been reinforced by a ruling of the Rhode Island Supreme Court from April 24, 2015.  From providencejournal.com:  In early 2012, Norman T. Gadomski Jr. applied to Joseph H. Tavares, then the chief of the East Providence Police Department, for a permit to carry a concealed handgun as provided under Rhode Island General Law 11-41-11. This law says a municipality’s issuing authority “shall issue” a permit if specified requirements are met.  It is well known among members of the gun-owning community that certain chiefs...
  • Video: Moms Demand Someone Tell Them What to Think (Texas Committee Testimony)

    05/20/2015 1:54:45 PM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 12 May, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
     Link to video This is what astroturf looks like in action.  Imagine what the Senators are thinking.  It goes on for ten minutes, with the "activists" reading from the same script, over and over.   It is quite humorous to watch.  There is a good sum up at the end by Open Carry Texas. Dean Weingarten:Link to Gun Watch
  • CA: How many unsolved Homicides are Self Defense?

    05/20/2015 4:27:52 AM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 19 May, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Benjamin Jasper Carter In a previous essay, I mentioned that we do not know what proportion of unsolved homicides are justified homicides.  The reason is that most homicides are violent criminals killing other violent criminals, and that because a person is a criminal, they are reluctant to report a self defense shooting to police.  From the previous essay: In the United States, about 37.5% of the homicides are unsolved.   In Chicago in 2013, the number was 75% unsolved.   Most homicides involve criminals killing other criminals.  How many of those would be justifiable if solved is unknowable; but clearly some...
  • Judge Scullin Issues Preliminary Injunciton; D.C. Permits to be Shall Issue

    05/18/2015 8:26:29 PM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 19 May, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    In two opinions issued today, 18 May, 2015, Judge Scullin essentially ended the Palmer v. D.C. case by refusing to issue a contempt citation against the D.C. government.  But, in another ruling on the new D.C. law, Judge Scullin issued a preliminary injunction against the enforcement of particular sections of the D.C. permit to carry law.   Those sections of the law are the ones that allow the police chief to turn down permits if they do not have "good reason" for them.  Here are the last paragraphs of the opinion: ORDERS that Defendants, their officers, agents, servants, employees,...
  • TX: Open Carry Passed out of Senate Committee, Amended

    05/18/2015 5:12:33 PM PDT · by marktwain · 9 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 19 May, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Early reports from observers at the Senate State Affairs committee in Texas have written that HB 910, the licensed open carry bill, has been passed and sent to the whole Senate.  From Texasguntalk.com: Texas Gun Legislation - 2015 84th Session Game on, they're back. Substitute approved.  It appears that the Dutton Amendment, which would prohibit police from stopping open carriers without probable cause, has been stripped out They removed the cop stop amendment. That's why they called it HB 910 Substitute.  The Senate might be able to pass an amendment returning HB 910 to the form passed by the...
  • TX; Repeal of Knife Ban Passes House

    05/18/2015 6:31:19 AM PDT · by marktwain · 11 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 17 May, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    HB 3884, which repeals the Texas prohibition on many popular knives, has passed the Texas house.  It is clear that knives, especially knives such as Bowie knives, swords, and daggers, are arms protected under the second amendment.  But these arms were banned from carry in Texas, along with handguns, during the carpetbagger government takeover of Texas after the Civil War, or War between the States, if you prefer.  When the Texas legislature reformed the law with shall issue concealed carry permits, they did not include knives. The law was very selectively enforced.   One correspondent from Texas put i, reporting...
  • GA: Governor Deal Signs Gun Reform Law on 12 May

    05/17/2015 6:36:33 AM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 16 May, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Governor Deal signed the gun law reform bill, HB 492(pdf), into law on Tuesday the 12th of May, 2015.  The law is one of a multitude of gun law reforms sweeping the nation since President Obama took office.    Some laws, such as the  constitutional carry law passed in Kansas this year, offer sweeping restoration of second amendment rights that have been slowly infringed on over the last century.  Others offer more incremental change. HB 492 is one of the latter.  It cleans up some language from previous bills, and makes some small improvements.  From georgiacarry.org: 1) Clarifies that government...
  • Confirmed: Zimmerman Shooting apparent Assassination Attempt

    05/16/2015 3:58:38 PM PDT · by marktwain · 65 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 17 May, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Matthew Apperson is the suspect in the assassination attempt on George Zimmerman The treatment by the old media of the assassination attempt on George Zimmerman has been astounding in its willful spin.  It is clear that George Zimmerman was attacked without provocation by a mentally unstable man who was obsessed with him.  He narrowly missed being killed after attempting to escape the situation, and there are numerous witnesses that corroborate his version of events.   Apperson has been arrested on three extremely serious charges.  They are: Aggravated Assault with a deadly weapon Aggravated battery with a deadly weapon Firing a...
  • Canada: Man Killed by Bear in British Columbia

    05/16/2015 1:05:46 PM PDT · by marktwain · 40 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 14 May, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Picture from From facebook.com/wardho Ward and Jami   A young Canadian was killed in what appears to be a predatory black bear attack in British Columbia, near Mckenzie, Canada.  From vancouverson.com: O'Connor slept outdoors Saturday night while his fiancée slept in their motorhome. After O'Connor's fiancée woke up Sunday she exited the motorhome, realized something was wrong and went to get help, said McLintock, in a news release. When RCMP and conservation officers arrived, they shot and killed one lone wolf and one male black bear that was about 300 pounds in weight.   300 pound black bear in...
  • Peruta En Banc oral arguments to be heard in San Francisco on 16 June, 2015

    05/16/2015 6:02:08 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 14 May, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Oral arguments will be heard before the En Banc panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday, 16 June, 2015.   The hearing will take place at 3:30 p.m. in Courtroom One at the James R. Browning Courthouse, 95 Seventh Street in San Francisco.  I have not seen what judges have been selected for the En Banc panel.  According to Ninth Circuit procedure, there will be 11 members.  I am sure that the oral arguments will be well covered.  The crux of Peruta is whether the right the keep and bear arms extends outside of the home.   The...
  • Dart Rejection of Application to Workshop on Guns and Gun Violence

    05/15/2015 2:31:53 PM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 14 May, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    A couple of weeks ago, I received the expected rejection from the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma on my application to attend their "workshop for journalists on covering guns and gun violence".   I expected it because it is clear that the "workshop" has become a mere exercise in producing disarmist propaganda, rather than an objective effort designed to help journalists get their facts right on events involving guns.  To giver credit where due,  Bruce Shapiro, Director at Dart, is unfailingly polite in the rejection email. For a short period, it seemed that there might be hope of balance,...
  • Texas Knife Law Preemption Bill Passes House

    05/15/2015 10:00:47 AM PDT · by marktwain · 19 replies
    KnifeRights.org ^ | 6 May, 2015 | KnifeRights.org
    Texas Knife Law Preemption Bill Passes House Print E-mail ShareThis May 5, 2015: Knife Rights' Texas Knife Law Preemption bill, HB 905, passed the House on the consent calendar 145-0. HB 905 would rid Texas of its patchwork of local knife laws more strict than state law. It now moves to the Senate. Preemption repeals and prevents local ordinances more restrictive than state law which only serve to confuse or entrap law-abiding citizens traveling within or through the state. Preemption ensures citizens can expect consistent enforcement of state knife laws everywhere in the state. Two Texas cities made Knife Rights'...
  • Supreme Court Weighs Review of San Francisco Gun Control Scheme

    05/15/2015 7:20:30 AM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies
    Reason ^ | 14 May, 2015 | Damon Root
    <p>In its 2008 decision in District of Columbia v. Heller, the U.S. Supreme Court not only struck down Washington, D.C.'s handgun ban, it also struck down D.C.'s requirement that all firearms kept at home be "unloaded and dissembled or bound by a trigger lock or similar device." According to the majority opinion of Justice Antonin Scalia, the individual right secured by the Second Amendment voids such requirements because it protects the right of the people to keep a "lawful firearm in the home operable for the purpose of immediate self-defense."</p>
  • TX: Public Hearing on Licensed Open Carry in Senate on Monday, 18 May, 2015

    05/15/2015 6:14:29 AM PDT · by marktwain · 15 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 15 May, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Texas open carry is moving again.  Because the licensed open carry bill had an amendment added in the House, the process in the Senate needs to be repeated.   The amendment seems to be simple common sense.  Police may not harass open carriers unless there is a crime involved.   Stopping them to check on a license is not allowed, just the same way that automobile drivers may not be stopped simply to check on their license.  Texas is only one of six states that does not allow the open carry of modern handguns in most public locations. In the Senate,...
  • SA:Girlfriend fires 2 Shots at Armed Home Invaders; video

    05/14/2015 5:59:41 PM PDT · by marktwain · 14 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 15 May, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    In this video from South Africa, we see the clear utility of an alarm system and or a dog.   Neither were available in this case, and it was only luck or God that aided the armed residents.  The cats were useless. Link to video With today's technology, audio would be an easy addition.  The residents are armed with revolvers, likely five shot revolvers, because the frame appears fairly small.   It is something to consider that there were three invaders, and the woman fired two shots, without any obvious hits.  Clearly, more firepower is called for. I believe that it...
  • AZ: Guns can be Confiscated Without Due Process

    05/14/2015 3:17:13 PM PDT · by marktwain · 13 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 13 May, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Attorney Marc Victor in a tie;  Rick Bailey in the gray shirt The good news is that Rick Bailey has had his expensive gun collection returned.  The bad news is that he had to fight for it in court in the first place, in spite of never being convicted of any offense.   From the canadafreepress.com: BELLEVUE, WA – A retired Navy veteran in Arizona whose gun collection had been seized by Glendale police now has his firearms back, the Second Amendment Foundation revealed today. SAF had intervened in the case of Glendale resident Rick Bailey early last month, taking...
  • George Zimmerman Shooting Apparent Assassination Attempt

    05/14/2015 6:27:15 AM PDT · by marktwain · 44 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 12 May, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Bullet hole in George Zimmerman's vehicle. It appears that George Zimmerman, who has survived the violent attack by Treyvon Martin, survived the media persecution, survived the trial, had his marriage destroyed and a reward posted on his head for the temerity of surviving, has apparently survived an assassination attempt.   A bullet narrowly missed George Zimmerman's head, leading to non-life threatening wounds.  The man who tried to kill him, seems to have thought he had succeeded.  From wesh.com: Zimmerman's attorney Don West said a bullet missed Zimmerman's head, but he was sprayed with glass from his vehicle's windshield and other...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Man who fired at George Zimmerman in 'road rage' row was reported to police by neighbor

    05/14/2015 5:37:14 AM PDT · by marktwain · 13 replies
    Dailey Mail ^ | 13 May, 2015 | Paul Thompson
    Matthew Apperson is under investigation over a shot fired into Zimmerman's car earlier this week  Apperson, 35, was said by neighbors to be 'irrational and unstable' in days leading up to Zimmerman confrontationOne neighbor called police when she found a squirrel killed with a BB gun and told officer she feared it was 'a sign' from AppersonPolice documents show he has also been investigated after telling phone canvasser he was planning to kill a trespasser with his Magnum .357Decision due within days on whether Apperson will be charged over shot fired at Zimmerman which he says was self-defense     
  • Middle Tennessee Gun Exchange

    05/13/2015 6:14:35 AM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 12 May, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    I was walking across the bridge from the LP Field parking lot to the NRA Meeting in Nashville, when I came across three active members of this group.  They are members of a civic minded service organization that saw a need and decided to fill it.   They created a local gun exchange that allows like minded individuals to find each other and trade and sell firearms privately.  They do this purely as a civic virtue; they make no money at it.   They have only been in existence for three years, and have about 10,000 members. This is the sort...
  • 3D Imura Hybrid Revolver 2.0 printed, Test Firing Soon

    05/12/2015 7:15:25 AM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 11 May, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    An Imura revolver, 2.0 has been designed by that intrepid 3D engineering designer, Wayfairy.   He had to redesign the system, but the prints have been done and the prototype has passed the basic, non-firing function tests.  From 3dprint.com: One particular member of the community, known as ‘Wayfairy,’ has taken a particular interest in the Imura story. In fact he has set out to create a 3D printable gun honoring the incarcerated gun manufacturer, called the ‘Imura Pistol.’ Basically what he has done is take the original .38-caliber Zig-Zag revolver that had led to Imura’s arrest and revised it, making...
  • Short 12 ga "Firearms" Proliferate; Mossberg quells rumors

    05/11/2015 5:57:00 AM PDT · by marktwain · 27 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 10 May, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Legal configuration, 14" barrel.  Shockwave Technologies Raptor Grip installed A major controversy during the NRA Annual Meeting was the regulatory box the ATF had constructed for themselves with regulatory letters and the law.   I was surprised to learn that firearms that fired shotgun shells with a bore of more than .5 inches, and a barrel length less than 18 inches,  could legally be purchased and possessed without all the complex regulatory burden and $200 tax required by the National Firearms Act, the Gun Control Act of 1968, and all the following changes. The firearm pictured above is based...
  • SC: Tragic Homeowner Shootings Can be Avoided

    05/10/2015 4:43:47 PM PDT · by marktwain · 14 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 9 May, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    A police officer shot a homeowner who had confronted armed criminals  attempting a break in, just moments before.  The police say that they homeowner refused to drop his firearm.  From thestate.com: A sheriff's deputy responding to a home invasion shot the homeowner in the neck Thursday because he refused to drop his gun, authorities said. Two deputies from the Charleston County Sheriff's Office encountered the man at the rear of his mobile home in Hollywood, South Carolina, after two other men fled on bicycles, Sheriff's Maj. Eric Watson said in a news release. The man was either leaving or...
  • KY: Victim who Disarmed, Shot Robber, Honored by Police

    05/10/2015 6:47:39 AM PDT · by marktwain · 12 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 9 May, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    In Lexington, Kentucky, the police department has given an award to Zara Adil, a young woman who disarmed one of two armed robbers, shot him, sent the other robber fleeing, and then fought the wounded robber for the cash register.   It was all recorded on video.   The police caught the suspects, and believe that they were responsible for more than a dozen robberies.  It doesn't take many violent criminals to create a lot of crime.  Armed citizens are often the ones who stop these crime sprees.    From lex18.com: "Getting an award for bravery... I wasn't expecting...