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  • AZ: Governor Ducey signs HB2338, Removes Gun Ban of Right of Way near Universities

    05/26/2016 10:00:57 AM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 14 May, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    On the same day, Governor Ducey signed two bills that help to restore Second Amendment rights in Arizona.  HB 2338 stops educational institutions from banning the legal possession or carry of firearms on public right of ways that pass near or through the educational institution. From cqstatetrack.com: I. NOtwithstanding section 15-341 and subsection D of this section, the governing board of an educational institution may not adopt or enforce any policy or rule that prohibits the lawful possession or carrying of a deadly weapon on a public right‑of‑way by a person or on or within a person's means of...
  • AZ: Governor Ducey Signs SB 1266, Enforcement of Firearms Preemption, into Law

    05/24/2016 2:13:15 PM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 14 May, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    SB 1266 allows for enforcement of the state preemption statutes. Some local governments have been ignoring the preemption law because there were no penalties provided. SB 1266 provides for penalties so that the preemption statute can be enforced. The penalties are not insignificant, and has a provision for terminating employment of a person who ignores the preemption law. Here is the change in the statute. From cqstatetrack.com: H. Any ordinance, regulation, tax or rule that is enacted by a political subdivision in violation of this section is invalid and subject to a permanent injunction against the political subdivision from...
  • Washington Post: The Purpose of Gun Registration is Gun Confiscation

    05/24/2016 4:30:47 AM PDT · by marktwain · 45 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 22 May, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    There was a recent domestic shooting in Maryland. The presumed perpetrator was a federal law enforcement officer. He is reported to have killed his estranged wife and two other people. His wife had a protective order against him in March, and the Federal Protective Service, of which Mr. Tordil was a member, took his service firearm and seven other firearms.This was in Maryland, which requires handguns to be registered. From the washingtonpost.com: Sheriffs deputies cant be faulted for not knowing about that gun because, thanks to the national gun lobby and the cowardice of Congress, there is no...
  • Open Carry at the 2016 NRA Annual Meeting in Louisville, Ky

    05/23/2016 4:24:06 AM PDT · by marktwain · 19 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 21 May, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Before the NRA meeting, it was well known that open carry would not be discouraged. I entered Freedom Hall at the Louisville Kentucky Expo center this morning, as people were registering. Within a minute, I had spotted three open carriers, and managed to get pictures. From nraam.org: Firearms Carry Policy During the 2016 NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits, lawfully carried firearms will be permitted at Annual Meeting venues including the Kentucky Exposition Center (KEC), KFC Yum! Center Arena, and Kentucky International Convention Center (KICC) in accordance with Kentucky law. Firearms and knives will be prohibited in any areas temporarily...
  • AL: Free Carry Permits for Retired Military Veterans

    05/22/2016 4:15:06 AM PDT · by marktwain · 22 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 17 May, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    In Alabama, Governor Robert Bentley signed HB98, which provides for retired veterans who qualify, to obtain free pistol permits. The bill was popular with the legislature, passing nearly unanimously. HB98 passed the House 93 to 4 with 3 abstentions. It passed the Senate 30 to 2 with no abstentions on 3 May, 2016, and was signed into law by Governor Bently on 13 May, 2016. The bill applies to retired military veterans who are non-disability retirees from the Army, Navy, Coast Guard or Marines, or any reserve component thereof. From the HB98(pdf): 24 (b) Any retired military veteran who...
  • PA: Black People with Guns Matter

    05/21/2016 3:44:53 AM PDT · by marktwain · 29 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 13 May, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Image From Instagram Maj Toure is a 29 year old black activist in Philadelphia who wants black people in urban centers to exercise their Second Amendment rights. From philly.com: Toure is a young African American man who grew up in North Philadelphia watching the destruction caused by gun violence, but who nonetheless was attracted to firearms, and became an official, dues-paying NRA member and legal gun owner. "The stigma, especially in an urban environment like Philly, is if you have a gun, you're either law enforcement or the bad guy," Toure said when we talked recently. "What we're trying to...
  • Wisconsin Simplifies Hunting Regulations. No Back Tags

    05/20/2016 6:06:30 AM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 20 May, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    In 1942, Wisconsin required deer hunters to wear a back tag so that they could be identified at a distance. The exact what purpose of the new regulation is not clear. It may have been related to WWII, because the back tag regulation was put in place between Pearl Harbor and the first deer season that occurred after the start of the war. Perhaps Wisconsin legislators feared armed German or Japanese agents roaming the Wisconsin North woods. Perhaps it was simply part of the Roosevelt push to create more bureaucratic administrative control over all aspects of life. Wisconsin was...
  • WI: Open Carry in a Wisconsin Auto Mishap

    05/19/2016 4:04:03 AM PDT · by marktwain · 11 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 10 May, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    On the way to Wisconsin from Dallas, I had a minor automotive mishap. I was on Highway 151, just across the Mississippi, and the Wisconsin border, when the battery light came on. I had considered changing out the battery in Arizona when I left, but thought it could take one more trip. I was wrong. Things started going crazy with the sensors and instruments a few miles later, but I managed to take the first exit and ended up in a Wal-Mart parking lot in Dodgeville, trying to diagnose the problem. The parking lot seemed like a decent place...
  • AL: Cheap Gun is Enough Gun for Homeowner

    05/18/2016 4:29:29 AM PDT · by marktwain · 42 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 9 May, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Image from wkrg.com The RG 23 is the quintessential cheap handgun. It never had a good reputation. Many have claimed a lack of reliability, so I suspect that quality control was not in the same class as the old Smith & Wesson revolvers. The rough trigger makes accuracy difficult, even for experienced shooters. The steel inserts in ZAMAK alloy construction are corrosion cells waiting to happen. The revolvers are so inexpensive, they are not economically worth repairing. They sold, in 1969, for 19.95. The current price on the used market is about $50. But, they are a gun. They...
  • AZ: Unprovoked Javelina Attack; use of Improvised Weapon Saves Woman

    05/17/2016 3:08:38 AM PDT · by marktwain · 45 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 8 May, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    While growing up, I read a constant litany explaining that Javelina's were not dangerous. I read, over and over, that all the old stories of them attacking humans were old wives tales, not documented, never happened. So, I was a bit surprised to come across a news article from the 7th of May, 2016, that had hard evidence of an unprovoked real world attack by a herd of javelinas. It was life threatening for an adult human with two leashed dogs. From fox10phoenix.com: The victim told authorities that a herd of javelina came out of a nearby wash, crossed...
  • WI: Madison Gun Turn in "Buy Back" gets One Gun

    05/16/2016 3:40:17 AM PDT · by marktwain · 20 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 8 May, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Madison, Wisconsin had a gun turn in event last weekend. This type of event is also known as a gun "buy back", which is a propaganda term designed to get people used to the theory that all guns (property) belongs to the government, and that anything the government takes, it is simple taking "back". The guns at these event, in 99.9% of the cases, never belonged to the government. This event turned out to be a bust. Only one gun appears to have been turned in. Statistically, in Wisconsin, it was likely a broken single shot shotgun or...
  • NPR Highlights Problems with "Smart" Guns

    05/15/2016 4:32:25 AM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 6 May, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    All Things Considered is an iconic program from National Public Radio (NPR). They have a reliably "progressive" approach to the world, but sometimes they stumble onto inconvenient truths. That is what seems to have happened a month ago when NPR ran this story on how a naive investor pushed Colt to develop a so called "smart" gun, which is actually a "stupid" gun. First, the push for the "stupid" gun came from the new owner of the company, Donald Zilkha. He was a banker from New York City. He did not own a gun. I suspect, he knew nothing...
  • MO: Permitless or Constitutional carry passes Legislature, on to Governor Nixon

    05/14/2016 8:31:02 AM PDT · by marktwain · 11 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 14 May, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    The Missouri omnibus firearm reform bill, SB 656, has passed the legislature on the last day of the session, May 13, 2016. It includes permitless or Constitutional carry. It will now go to Governor Nixon for signature or veto. According to the NRA-ILA, SB 656 has these primary features: Recognize Missourians right to Constitutional/Permitless Carry where open carry is not prohibitedExpand Missouris current Stand your Ground lawsExpand Castle Doctrine protections for anyone legally allowed into your home, vehicle, business and propertySpecify that except for credit card fees incurred, no additional fee beyond $100 may be charged to process concealed...
  • TX: How Can I Bear Arms?

    05/14/2016 4:35:36 AM PDT · by marktwain · 15 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 4 May, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Donnie's former apartment complex A week or two ago I wrote about how a former Marine fought off an attempted home invasion. He managed to fire three shots, and it appeared that no one was hit. As I visited a local gas station, I ran into Donnie again. He is a large, powerful black man, he makes an impression. We shook hands and I told him that the article had been published. He had not seen it yet, because he is in the middle of a move. He did not say; but I suspect it was a decision precipitated...
  • Gun Stolen from Back Pocket at Phoenix McDonalds (with video link)

    05/13/2016 5:34:58 AM PDT · by marktwain · 17 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 11 May, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    A handgun was stolen from the back pocket of a legal gun carrier at a Phoenix McDonald’s on Saturday, 30 April, about 3:45 p.m. Link to video In a nation of millions of gun carriers, strange things happen. Both concealed carriers and open carriers have had handguns stolen from them in the past.  Concealed carry handguns are usually stolen after the gun is discovered during a robbery or assault. Open carriers’ guns have been stolen in a couple of armed robberies.  One of those was when the openly carried gun was required to be unloaded by law.  One concealed...
  • Henderson Kidnapping of Armed Victim was Setup by a Friend

    05/12/2016 3:57:58 AM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 9 May, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    On 12 April, 2016, a kidnapping of an armed victim ended with a shooting and car crash in a Henderson, NV cul-de-sac. At the time it was unclear what the motivation for the kidnapping was. Both kidnappers in the front seat were killed, and no charges were filed against the shooter. Three weeks later, dramatic details have been revealed.At the time I speculated that the victim might have directed the kidnappers to the cul-de-sac where the shooting occurred. That has been confirmed. It has been revealed that the first victim was a confederate of the two front seat kidnappers....
  • SC: A Felon Has Rights to Self Defense

    05/11/2016 3:47:00 AM PDT · by marktwain · 50 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 1 May, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Quintonio Porter Felons do not give up their right to self defense simply because they have committed crimes in the past. They often live a very dangerous lifestyle, and as the most common victims of homicide, they may need effective self defense more than other people. A recent case in South Carolina shows that the justice system is realizing this truth. It investigated the shooting where Quintonio Porter, a convicted felon, shot and killed his friend, Jarrius Harding, in the middle of a gunfight. From heraldonline.com: Jarrius Harding, 18, was killed in the midday shootout near the intersection of...
  • Violent Criminals and Holsters are Seldom Found Together

    05/10/2016 3:53:44 AM PDT · by marktwain · 46 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 9 May, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Police have long understood that violent criminals almost never use holsters. The obvious reason is that a gun is readily abandoned by tossing it from a car, in a dumpster, down a drain, or off a bridge. A holster, normally worn on a belt, is much harder to discard, and can result in embarrassing questions when found in a search. Having a holster on ones person when you are not allowed to carry or possess a firearm becomes rather problematic.Here is a comment from Landric at defensivecarry.com: There is no real firm answer, but in general, no street thugs...
  • AZ: Reform of Public Building Ban Sabotaged in Senate

    05/09/2016 4:41:53 AM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 8 May, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Kansas and Texas have removed bans on the carry of guns by permit holders in the last few years. Kansas allows local governments to prevent permit holders from exercising Second Amendment rights in public buildings if the public building puts metal detectors and armed guards on all the entrances.In other words, merely relying on a sign to prevent responsible and peaceful people from carrying arms, while not actively preventing criminals from carrying them, is no longer acceptable in Kansas. Arizona is looking to follow Kansas lead.The theory is simple. Mere signage will not stop people who have evil intent...
  • Nova Armory files Lawsuit Against Officials for Bullying Tactics, Intimidation

    05/08/2016 3:43:51 AM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 1 May, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    The popular gunshop NOVA Armory opened in Arlington, VA on March 26th. The store was filled with customers, in spite of opposition from a small group of anti-rights activists. The bullying activists were joined with several members of the local government who attempted to force the gunshop to close. One landlord had already broken a lease under pressure from the local disarmists. NOVA had warned the politicians that they would sue if the harrassment continued. From NOVA Armory: March 4, 2016, ARLINGTON, VA The gun shop planning to open in Arlington, Virginia this month has responded to a...
  • AZ: Scud Missle and BRDM in Arizona Desert

    05/07/2016 7:12:19 AM PDT · by marktwain · 14 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 30 April, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    This picture was taken near Tacna, Arizona at the beginning of April, 2016. I believe the missile is a mock-up of a Scud B and the MAZ-543 launcher, mounted on a trailer. I do not think a dually Ford would be able to move around a real Scud and launcher, but maybe. The Scud B, loaded, would be about 7 tons. But I cannot see sane U.S. military forces allowing an missile fuelled with tons of kerosene and nitric acid out on the highways and desert for a training exercise. Without the fuel or warhead, maybe the Ford could...
  • How New York Became a Nexus of Second Amendment Infringement

    05/07/2016 5:43:16 AM PDT · by marktwain · 22 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 29 April, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Big Tim Sullivan on right New York state, but particularly New York City, has long been a nexus of infringement of Second Amendment rights. New York had more than its share of Tories during the revolutionary war, and New York is one of only six states that has no protection for the right to keep and bear arms in its state constitution. Still, the right was routinely respected until 1911. That was when the infamous Sullivan law was passed to protect organized crime from armed citizens. The bill was created and pushed through the legislature by "Big Tim" Sullivan,...
  • OK: Constitutional Permitless Open Carry Almost to Governor

    05/06/2016 6:05:19 AM PDT · by marktwain · 15 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 6 May, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    The Oklahoma legislature has passed HB 3098, the bill to restore permitless open carry to Oklahoma. The bill passed the House 73 to 15, and the Senate 37 to 9. Unless it is stopped in conference committee, it will be sent to Governor Mary Fallin. Two years ago, in 2014,Governor Fallin, (R) Oklahoma, vetoed a number of bills in what has been described as a tantrum on the 29th of April. The legislature overrode one of the bills. It is unclear if Governor Fallin would veto HB 3098, which passed with veto proof majorities. I have read the bill,...
  • Guns are not Designed to Kill People

    05/06/2016 5:14:33 AM PDT · by marktwain · 17 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 20 April, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    This biathlon rifle was designed for target competition, not to kill people. A common slogan of disarmists is "Guns are designed to kill people". There are several variations; the only purpose of guns is to kill people; guns are designed for one thing: to kill; assault weapons are designed for one purpose: to Kill as many people as quickly as possible. All are false. It is easy to demonstrate that this is true. First, what are guns designed to do? Guns are designed to project force at a distance. They do this by propelling a projectile out of the...
  • OK: Governor Fallin Signs Knife Reform

    05/05/2016 5:56:44 AM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 5 May, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    On April 27, 2016, Governor Fallin signed the latest in a series of knife reform bills. The bill, HB1159, will go into effect on 1 November, 2016. The infringement on the carry of knifes dates back to early statehood at the beginning of the "progressive" era. Text of the 1921 Oklahoma Criminal Code, pages 523 to 525, shows that specifically named knives were forbidden for most people to carry. It seems that the laws were enacted enbloc from other states, as some of the statutes seem contradictory. The 1921 text refers to laws from 1910. Oklahoma became a state...
  • 11-Year-Old Shows that Smart Guns are Stupid Guns

    05/04/2016 8:27:32 AM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 3 May, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    A couple of days ago, on 27 April, 2016, an 11 year old boy in Alabama shot a burglar. From wvtm12.com: Home school student Chris Gaither, 11, was alone Wednesday morning when he heard a noise. Someone had broken into his house and walked upstairs. Gaither said he was scared, but wanted to be prepared so he grabbed a nine-millimeter hand gun.When he was coming down the stairs, thats when he told me he was going to kill me, f-you and all that, Gaither said. The pistol would not have been useful to Chris Gaither if it had been...
  • Governor Deal Vetos Campus Carry

    05/03/2016 3:19:47 PM PDT · by marktwain · 20 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 3 May, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Governor Nathan Deal of Georgia has vetoed HB 859, which would authorize the carry of concealed weapons by concealed carry permit holder on Georgia campuses. The bill was very popular in the legislature, passing with wide margins. The bill passed the House 113 to 59, and the Senate 37 to 17.From Governor Deals statement on the veto at georiga.gov: HB 859 seeks to amend O.C.G.A. 16-11-127.1, which relates to the carrying of weapons within school safety zones. It would add an exception to the prohibition of carrying or possessing a weapon in such school zones, to any licensed...
  • GA: Governor Deal Decides on Campus Carry Today

    05/03/2016 9:31:13 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 4 May, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Georgia Governor Nathan deal has said that he will either sign or veto the Campus Carry bill passed by the Georgia legislature today, 3 May, 2016. The bill was very popular in the legislature, passing with wide margins. The bill passed the House 113 to 59, and the Senate 37 to 17. As the Legislature is adjourned, their is no reasonable possibility of a veto override. From 11alive.com: The May 3 deadline is here for Gov. Nathan Deal to make his decision whether to sign or veto the 'Campus Carry' bill. After the religious freedom bill, which Deal vetoed...
  • VA:Nova Armory files Lawsuit Against Officials for Bullying Tactics, Intimidation

    05/03/2016 8:16:17 AM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 1 May, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    The popular gunshop NOVA Armory opened in Arlington, VA on March 26th. The store was filled with customers, in spite of opposition from a small group of anti-rights activists. The bullying activists were joined with several members of the local government who attempted to force the gunshop to close. One landlord had already broken a lease under pressure from the local disarmists. NOVA had warned the politicians that the would sue if the harrassment continued. From NOVA Armory: March 4, 2016, ARLINGTON, VA The gun shop planning to open in Arlington, Virginia this month has responded to a...
  • Winning the Culture War with Switchblade Knives

    05/02/2016 4:25:39 AM PDT · by marktwain · 41 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 28 April, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    You are winning the culture war when the other side accepts your premises. In the 1950s, legislatures across the country succumbed to the latest trendy weapons ban. Switchblade knives. The trend went so far as to pass a federal ban on the importation and interstate sale of of switchblades, because, at the time, it was widely understood the Constitution forbade the federal government from actually regulating the sale of an item inside of state boundaries. Seven states, including Arizona, did not enact a switchblade ban.The ban never had any facts or logic to back it up. It was entirely...
  • Reform of Oklahoma Knife law goes to Governor Fallin

    05/01/2016 7:40:46 AM PDT · by marktwain · 13 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 27 April, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    The restoration of the right to keep and carry weapons continues in Oklahoma. On 20 April, SB 1159 was sent to Governor Mary Fallin for consideration. The infringement on the carry of weapons had been put into law not long after Oklahoma became a state in 1907, during the early progressive era. There are several sections listed in the 1921 Oklahoma Criminal Code, pages 523 to 525, published in 1921. The sections covering the carry of weapons are sections 1798 through 1806.1798 is the state constitutional guarantee of right to keep and bear arms, which then perversely grants...
  • Eddy County Employees Have Second Amendment Rights Restored

    04/30/2016 5:13:41 PM PDT · by marktwain · 11 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 26 April, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Across the United States, government employees right to bear arms while working is being restored. One of the pernicious erosions of the right to bear arms that occurred over the last 50 years is the right of government employees to bear arms while employed. At the start of the progressive era, government employees were considered part of the elite, and could bear arms when and where others could not.In the first laws adopted by the new state of Oklahoma, statutes were adopted en masse from other states. One of them exempted public officials from a ban on carrying weapons,...
  • No Gun Signs in Dallas Texas

    04/30/2016 2:14:19 AM PDT · by marktwain · 27 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 24 April, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    I have been staying in the Dallas, Texas, metro area for 10 days now. I have seen very few 30.06 signs or 30.07 signs. They are good sized signs and take up a considerable amount of space, so they are hard to miss, which is part of the legislative intent. I have noticed them in three places. The sign pictured above is at the entrance to a Dallas pediatric center. I was assisting my daughter in taking her son there for a checkup. As she also has a 20 day old infant, an extra hand was appreciated. The weather...
  • Tennessee Bill Grants Immunity for Toleration of Second Amendment Rights

    04/29/2016 11:49:36 AM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 21 April, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    In Tennessee, SB 1736(pdf) has passed the House and the Senate. It is a bill that grants immunity for toleration of Second Amendment rights.It has been enrolled and sent to Governor Bill Haslam. Governor Haslam promised to sign Constitutional carry if it reached his desk, six years ago. It seems likely that he will sign this bill. The bill passed the Senate 26 to 4, the House 77 to 13. The bill follows a trend started by Wisconsin and Kansas, where people who chose to allow others to exercise their Second Amendment rights are granted immunity from civil action...
  • Running with a Gun in Dallas

    04/29/2016 4:50:04 AM PDT · by marktwain · 22 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 21 April, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Legal open carry of modern handguns was partially restored to Texans on January 1st, 2016. I was visiting Texas at the time and open carried a bit, but the cool weather in January made concealed carry more practical. I returned to Dallas in April, to visit family and a new grandchild.This morning, on my aerobic exercise run, I was running west on Rosemeade Parkway. A black and white police SUV approached on the other side of the boulevard, but did not slow down, and continued on its way without any sign of interest in me. It was very near...
  • GA: Government Employees Right to Bear Arms Restored

    04/28/2016 8:22:20 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 10 April, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Image courtesy accesswdun.com by Rob Moore On April 5th, the City Council of Demorest, Georgia voted to restore the right to bear arms to city employees. From accesswdun.com: DEMOREST Demorest officials say they have passed a groundbreaking personnel policy amendment believed to be the first of its kind in Georgia. Tuesday night, the city council voted unanimously to amend the city's personnel policy to allow city employees with a valid concealed carry permit to carry their weapons during the workday. The policy may be the first for a city in Georgia, but it is a growing trend in...
  • Universities Embrace "Assault Weapons" on Campus

    04/27/2016 4:40:32 AM PDT · by marktwain · 17 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 20 April, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Over a hundred universities and colleges have embraced the concept of having "assault weapons" on campus. It is worth noting, that when the university administrations buy the weapons for their own use, the menacing nomenclature of "assault weapon" is magically transformed into "semi-automatic rifles". Campus administrations all over the country who have been claiming that allowing adults who have concealed carry permits on their campus will chill free speech and academic freedom, have no such concerns with having "assualt weapons" on campus, as long as the weapons are in the hands of the people they command. From abcnews.go.com: Once...
  • Opposition to "Assault Weapon" Ban at Record High, Support at Record Low

    04/26/2016 2:20:25 AM PDT · by marktwain · 12 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 19 April, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Image from ABC News The above chart, created by ABC News, illustrates the trajectory of support and opposition for policies promoted by media elites that have no actual basis in fact or logic. New media allows a significant, underdog, method to distribute facts about the policy. The chart is a little misleading. It starts in the middle of 1994, when the elite media control was near its height, and at the end of a blitz of media efforts to push the "Assault Weapon Ban" policy. These sort of policies, that rely on emotion, have to be enacted quickly, before...
  • English Gun Law was a Colonial Import from India

    04/25/2016 4:15:53 AM PDT · by marktwain · 9 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 18 April, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Destruction of the Magazine at Delhi During the Indian Mutiny 1857-58 Gun control, or more properly, the restrictions on the ownership and use of guns by the general population, was not a common or popular phenomena in Europe until after the First World War. One of the most influential and gun control laws was instituted in England and Wales in 1920. It has been the basis for a great deal of restrictions on the private ownership of firearms around the world, both in the Commonwealth countries and in Europe. These restrictions were not designed to protect the public from...
  • Local Texas Governments Defy Law to Protect Gun Bans

    04/24/2016 10:12:11 AM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 20 April, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    In 2015, the Texas legislature passed a change in Texas statutes that prohibited government entities from posting signs to ban people who legally carried guns in areas where they are not banned by Texas law.  From the Texas statute 411.209: (a)  A state agency or a political subdivision of the state may not provide notice by a communication described by Section 30.06, Penal Code, or by any sign expressly referring to that law or to a concealed handgun license, that a license holder carrying a handgun under the authority of this subchapter is prohibited from entering or remaining on...
  • Guns Do Not Kill People

    04/22/2016 11:21:45 PM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 19 April, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Valerie Caldwell used her rifle to kill this mountain lion that stalked her in New Mexico in 2014. It was less than a car length away, ready to spring. She was 12. It is a staple of disarmists that the phrase "Guns kill people" is a truism. But a more valid truism holds: "It isn't what we don't know that gives us trouble, it's what we know that ain't so." The maxim that "guns kill people" is simply false. As true believers in the maxim, disarmists have attempted to craft studies to show that it is true. The "studies"...
  • AZ: Prohibition on Fees, Taxes, or Encumbrances on the Private Sale of Firearms

    04/22/2016 12:11:31 AM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 18 April, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Governor Doug Ducey of Arizona signed HB 224, which protects the right to transfer firearms in private transactions, without fee, tax or encumbrance, into law on 30 March, 2016. The law went into effect on 31 March. From the Governor's Office: "This bill protects the Second Amendment freedoms of Arizonans by allowing for the exchange of firearms without assessments or penalties imposed by state and local government. The law is succinct and easily understood, a nice contrast with much legislation that is passed in recent times. From cqstatetrack.com: CHAPTER 36 PRIVATE FIREARM TRANSACTIONS ARTICLE 1. GENERAL PROVISIONS 44-7851. Definitions...
  • Local Texas Governments Defy Law to Protect Gun Bans

    04/21/2016 3:34:05 AM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 20 April, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    In 2015, the Texas legislature passed a change in Texas statutes that prohibited government entities from posting signs to ban people who legally carried guns in areas where they are not banned by Texas law.  From the Texas statute 411.209: (a)  A state agency or a political subdivision of the state may not provide notice by a communication described by Section 30.06, Penal Code, or by any sign expressly referring to that law or to a concealed handgun license, that a license holder carrying a handgun under the authority of this subchapter is prohibited from entering or remaining on...
  • Dallas Wal-Mart Has .22 LR in Stock Below 7 Cents per Round

    04/20/2016 6:54:22 AM PDT · by marktwain · 28 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 16 April, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    The presence of .22 rimfire at Wal-Mart has been uncommon for three years now. When President Obama pushed for more infringements on the Second Amendment, starting in 2013, the demand for .22 rimfire skyrocketed. Instead of raising prices on the ammunition sufficiently to bring demand down to reasonable levels, manufacturers tried to keep prices stable to earn customer good will. It failed as a strategy. With the demand so high, less public entrepreneurs purchased all the .22 they could obtain, then offered it over the Internet, at gun shows, and other venues, at three to four times the price...
  • Review: Assault Weapon Bans: Can They Survive Rational Basis Scrutiny?

    04/19/2016 6:52:57 AM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 14 April, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Assault Weapon Bans: Can They Survive Rational Basis Scrutiny? By Clayton Cramer April 13, 2016 Clayton Cramer has hit another home run with this paper on the irrationality of "assault weapon" bans. Anyone who has studied the literature knows that "Assault Weapons Bans" have no rational basis. Their basis is an emotional appeal that requires a profound ignorance of the facts of crime statistics and weapons technology. They also require a media that benefits from promoting mass murder for ratings and political gain. Clayton Cramer does excellent work in the paper. He puts the facts and statistics in a logical...
  • MS: Petition to Stop Church Protection Act and Constitutional Carry Fails with 3 Signatures

    04/18/2016 5:09:05 AM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 16 April, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Nearly two weeks ago, Ariel Draper started a petition on thepetitionsite.com to push Governor Phillip Bryant to veto Mississippi House Bill 786. The goal of the petition was to get 1,000 signatures in support. The petition had 3 signatures when the bill was signed into law today. The petition used rather incendiary language. From the petition: Mississippi House Bill 786 introduces legislation that would grant the following : To provide that killing a person while acting as a participant of a church or place of worship security team is JUSTIFIABLE homicide ; and for related purposes. Literally making a...
  • AL: More Campus Fascism: No Free Speech for Second Amendment Supporters

    04/17/2016 5:16:35 PM PDT · by marktwain · 31 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 16 April, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Image from campusreform.org Universities are developing a deserved reputation for places that act as little fascist states, only allowing speech that the University Administration agrees with, or is considered "politically correct". The University of Alabama has lived up to the reputation by citing a student who was peacefully wearing an empty holster in a protest over the Universitity's no weapon policy. The campus police explicitly say that they are citing the student because "someone called it in". The campus policy does not prohibit holsters. The citation is for "Engaging in activities that threaten the safety of the campus community"...
  • MO: Supreme Court; Once Prohibited, Always Prohibited?

    04/17/2016 6:33:28 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 14 April, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    The Missouri Supreme Court has now repeatedly ruled that the provisions of the Constitutional amendment put in place by Amendment 5 to Article 1, Section 23, only apply to actions that have occurred after the passage of the amendment. The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that Constitutional provisions apply retrospectively; but that is on case law, not on a Constitutional amendment. The Missouri Supreme Court first ruled this way in State v. Merritt in 2015. At that point it ruled that the previous version of Article I, Section 23 applied to a felony conviction forbidding the possession of firearms....
  • Review: The Color of Crime, 2016

    04/16/2016 6:30:47 AM PDT · by marktwain · 14 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 13 April, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Image courtesy of The Color of Crime When I was doing research on homicide rates and attempting to determine what the primary factors were that resulted in varying homicide rates between states and nations, I came across the 2005 version of The Color of Crime. The study looks at crime and tests hypotheses about crime and arrest rates in the United States that have been forbidden from general discourse in the media. The topic is beset by unproven assumptions and political correctness. The Color of Crime has been updated to use the latest data available as of early 2016,...
  • Mississippi Becomes 10th Constitutional Carry State; Governor Bryant Signs HB 786

    04/15/2016 3:25:39 PM PDT · by marktwain · 17 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 15 April, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Mississippi became the 9th state to restore permitless carry today, the 15th of April, 2016. It seems poetic that Governor Bryant chose to sign HB 786 into law a few days before most citizens were required to file their federal taxes. The easing of one burden helps reduce the pain of another, in this case. HB 786 is titled the Church Protection Act, which is a correct description. The bill provides that churches can create volunteer church security that will have the same protections that private security guards now have in Mississippi. The program will require training and the...