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  • Book Review: 4 Seconds to Impact (The Skyrocketing Attacks by Predators on Humans)

    05/23/2018 5:35:40 AM PDT · by marktwain · 20 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 22 May, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
    By Bruce Buckshot Hemming, 2017, 320 pages, paperback. Over the last three decades, attacks by large predators against humans have been skyrocketing in North America. It is not just a matter of reporting. Attacks by bears, mountain lions, wolves, and coyotes, have become expected, where they used to be rare or denied altogether. Full disclosure: Hemming cites some of my work in the book. Bruce Hemming does an excellent job in summing up the increases in large predator attacks. He offers a commonsense explanation as to why they are happening, why they are under reported, and how they can...
  • Lawsuit Filed Against Boulder, Colorado, Ban on Rifles, Magazines

    05/22/2018 4:20:27 AM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 22 May, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
    On 15 May, 2018, the Boulder, Colorado city council unanimously passed an ordinance banning the possession of various firearms and accessories.  The ordinance is so new that it has not shown up in the municipal code yet. The ordinance is voluminous and detailed. The brief for the ordinance cites several biased and partisan "studies" to attempt to make the case to pass the ordinance. The ordinance likely violates Colorado's preemption statute and State and Federal Constitutional protections.  The ordinance casts a wide net. Legal pushback, in the form of a lawsuit, followed shortly after passage, as opponents to the...
  • Encountering a Liberal Second Amendment Supporter in Deep Blue Madison, Wisconsin

    05/21/2018 5:25:16 AM PDT · by marktwain · 17 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 21 May, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
    I have been busy helping pick up the pieces after the death of a friend of 48 years. For the last few days, I ate breakfast at a McDonalds in Middleton, Wisconsin, part of the far left liberal environs centered around Dane County and Madison, Wisconsin. My friend had lived most of his life in Madison and Middleton. He was a lifelong Second Amendment supporter, lifetime master pistol shooter, and a mentor. At the McDonalds, I struck up conversation with a gentleman who I suspected to be a liberal. We had a connection because he was searching for information...
  • Repeal of Louisiana Switchblade Knife Ban goes to Governor Edwards

    05/20/2018 3:59:29 AM PDT · by marktwain · 21 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 17 May, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
    On April 13th, 2018, the Louisiana repeal of the switchblade ban (HB892) unanimously passed the House. From (4)(a) The manufacture, ownership, possession, custody or use intentional concealment on one's person of any switchblade knife, spring knife, or other knife or similar instrument having a blade which may be automatically unfolded or extended from a handle by the manipulation of a button, switch, latch, or similar contrivance located on the handle. Section 2. R.S. 14:95(J) is hereby repealed in its entirety. CODING: Words in struck through type are deletions from existing law; words underscored are additions. On May 10th,...
  • Stop Paying Mass Murderers to Kill Our Kids

    05/19/2018 8:20:08 AM PDT · by marktwain · 12 replies
    Slow Facts ^ | 19 May, 2018 | Rob Morse
    Mass murderers kill our kids for simple reasons. Mass murder of innocents gives the murderer a powerful reward. Yes, murder pays. In fact, the payoff is huge. The payoff is also extremely reliable. As shocking as it is when our innocent children are murdered in our schools, we are not coming anywhere close to best practice in our effort to stop these horrific events. The sad fact is that mass murderers are learning and reacting faster than we are. Murderers are learning faster than our politicians and our school officials. Murderers are certainly learning faster than our news media. It...
  • Trump Era Gun Sales (NICS) Hits Record Month in April, 2018

    05/19/2018 5:46:02 AM PDT · by marktwain · 23 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 10 May, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
    The Trump era National Instant background Check System (NICS) hit another record month in April, 2018. Background checks recorded by the FBI numbered 2,223,213 in April. The next highest April recorded was in 2016, with 2,145,565. The total NICS checks for the first four months of 2018 numbered 9,354,635. That is 6.8% higher than the first four months of 2017, which numbered 8,756,657. 2018 is on track to replace 2017 as the year with the second highest number of NICS checks. The record was set in 2016.In 2016, a presidential election year, it was fear of a Hillary Clinton...
  • Disconnected World Views at NRA Annual Meeting in Dallas 2018

    05/16/2018 6:51:17 AM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 9 May, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
    At the NRA annual meeting in Dallas, Texas, in 2018, protests were held outside the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center on Saturday, 5 May, 2018. By the time I arrived at the protest site, the main group of gun control supporters had left. I was told they numbered about 200-250 people. Their numbers were dwarfed by the attendees at the NRA annual meeting. An estimate for meeting attendance was not available at the time of this writing. The last NRA annual meeting, in Atlanta, was 81,836. In 2016, in Louisville, it was80,452. 87,154 has been reported for attendance at...
  • Washington Post Article: Who are you Going to Believe? Us or Your Lyin' Eyes?

    05/15/2018 5:55:22 AM PDT · by marktwain · 15 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 15 May, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
    image from The Washington Post published an article meant to convince the American people that their perceptions of gun ownership in the United States are wrong. They attempt to convince people that surveys showing lower numbers are goodthink. The article admits that gun ownership numbers are hotly disputed. They admit that ownership numbers are difficult to determine. Then they make the claim that ownership rates are falling and that "In reality, only about 25 percent ofAmericans own a gun." From the Washington Post: As some 70,000 people attended the NRAs annual convention last week, nearly three months after...
  • Knife Check Greatly Appreciated on Rainy Day Trump Speech at NRA Annual Meeting

    05/14/2018 6:22:21 AM PDT · by marktwain · 9 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 14 May, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
    The open and concealed carry of guns and knives was generally legal and accepted at the NRA Annual Meeting of 2018. There was one obvious exception. The Leadership Forum had both President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence speaking to a packed crowd. The Secret Service took over jurisdiction and forbade the carrying of guns and knives into the forum. Not just knives and guns, but a long list of items were forbidden. Items you might not consider as obvious. It was a rainy morning on May 4th in Dallas. Lots of people had umbrellas. The Secret Service...
  • Arizona Governor Ducy Signs Bankruptcy and Guns Reform

    05/13/2018 6:22:42 AM PDT · by marktwain · 22 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 13 May, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
    Arizona has increased the bankruptcy exemption for firearms to two thousand dollars. Previously, only one gun was allowed as part of a basket of items that were limited to a total of one thousand dollars. From But people filing for bankruptcy also have a choice to make. Under current Arizona law, they can keep only one shotgun, one rifle or one pistol. The Republican-controlled Legislature wants to change that. The Senate is one step away from passing a bill allowing bankruptcy filers to keep up to $2,000 worth of weapons - any kind of weapon. The exemption expands...
  • FL: Hernando County looking to Restore Exercise of Second Amendment Rights to County Workers

    05/12/2018 7:39:44 AM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 12 May, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
    On May 8th, 2018, Hernando County Commissioners will consider restoring County workers ability to exercise their Second Amendment rights while on the job. A current County policy prevents them from carrying firearms without fear of disciplinary action. County Commission Chairman Steve Champion has indicated that county workers should not have to chose between their right to self defense and the potential loss of their job. From HERNANDO COUNTY Fla. Starting next week, Hernando County workers who have a concealed carry permit may soon be allowed to carry their guns to work. "They should have a right to...
  • My Friend Donald Cowling is Dying, I am a little Busy (May 11, 2018)

    05/11/2018 10:44:30 AM PDT · by marktwain · 38 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 11 May, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
    My friend is dying in front of my eyes and I can do nothing but say a few words now and then. He exhibits no sign of awareness or understanding. I have been told that hearing is the last sense to go as the body shuts down. I have been praying for him for years. He has been an agnostic for 80 years. When I told him I would be praying for him when this started in January, He said he could use all the help he could get. I have known Don for about 48 years. I met...
  • Open Carry at the NRA 2018 Annual Meeting in Dallas

    05/11/2018 7:33:32 AM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 12 May, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
    There was a long line of media waiting to register at the Press Office at the NRA annual meeting in Dallas for 2018. As I stood in line, watching the attendees walk by, there was a gentleman open carrying this five shot revolver in a cross draw rig. The thumb-break release, held in tight against the body, makes a casual snatch unlikely. In this type of carry, the left arm naturally guards the revolver. I have seen open carry at the last two NRA annual meetings. I snapped the picture shown and quickly dashed back to my place in...
  • Virginia College Student Arrested for Acquiring & Shooting Rifle at Range

    05/10/2018 4:31:18 AM PDT · by marktwain · 52 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 1 May, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
    19-year-old student, Yonsong Zhao, came to the United States from China on a student visa. As of January, 2018, he had been in the country for seven months. As with many people, especially young men, he likes guns. In China, it is nearly impossible to access legal guns. Zhao set about learning what was necessary for him to acquire and legally fire guns in the United States. Given the complexity involved, I am amazed that Zhao appears to have found the various rules, and followed them rigorously. It is well that he did. The authorities were watching him very...
  • Pennsylvania Game Commission OKs Hunting Big Game with Semiautomatic Shotguns

    05/09/2018 3:53:44 AM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 9 May, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
    In 2017, Pennsylvania became the last state to restore the right to hunt game with semiautomatic rifles. On April 24, 2018 the Pennsylvannia Board of Game Commissioners voted to correct a strange twist of the Pennsylvania game laws. In five counties where rifles are not allowed for the hunting of big game, semiautomatic shotguns have been allowed for decades. In the rest of Pennsylvania, semiautomatic shotguns were not legal for hunting big game. Now Pennsylvania hunters will be able to use semiautomatic shotguns to hunt big game in the rest of the state. From Semiautomatic centerfire shotguns that...
  • Indiana Gun Buyback Turns Down Magazines, Private Buyers Pay More for Guns

    05/08/2018 4:05:57 AM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 29 April, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
    A week ago, I wrote about the Crawfordsville, Indiana buyback. The gun turn in event (you cannot buyback what you never owned) happened on 28 April, 2018. From the previous article: The event will be held at the Crawfordsville Police Department from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Crawfordsville is about 40 miles northwest of Indianapolis. From Residents can turn in semi-automatic rifles, bump stocks or large-capacity clips in an upcoming program sponsored by a local church. Wabash Avenue Presbyterian invites owners to take the weapons and accessories to the Crawfordsville Police Department from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m....
  • U.S. District Court finds Some Felons Have Second Amendment Rights

    05/07/2018 5:36:32 AM PDT · by marktwain · 24 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 7 May, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
    On 26 April, 2018, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois held that some felons have the right to keep and bear arms. Larry Hatfield was a perfect test case. From, Hatfield v. Session (formerly Hatfield v. Lynch) Plaintiff Larry Edward Hatfield wants to keep a gun in his home for self-defense. But the Government bans him from doing so, because 28 years ago, Hatfield lied on some forms that he sent to the Railroad Retirement Board: a felony in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1001(a). Hatfield later pled guilty to one count of...
  • OK: Constitutional Carry Heads to Governor Fallin's Desk

    05/06/2018 8:57:41 AM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 7 May, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
    On 2 May, 2018, the Oklahoma Senate passed SB 1212, Constitutional Carry. The bill is now headed to Governor Fallin's desk. The popular bill passed both the House and the Senate by veto proof margins. From OKLAHOMA CITY On a 33-8 vote, the Oklahoma Senate Wednesday night passed the controversial "constitutional carry" bill. The Senate went into session Wednesday night and passed Senate Bill 1212, which would recognize the rights of law-abiding Oklahoma residents to carry a firearm for self defense without having to first obtain a government mandated license. On 25 April, 2018, the Oklahoma House...
  • Some Missouri Clergy Want State to Enforce their View on Church Carry

    05/05/2018 6:50:10 AM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 27 April, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
    Missouri is one of nine states where the government generally prohibits people from carrying firearms in church. As in any question, the government may be neutral, which is the default position in the United States, or it may actively interfere. According to, there are two states that ban concealed carry in churches, Nebraska and Louisiana. Nebraska allows a church to authorize an armed security team if the team members have carry permits and if written notice is given to church members. Louisiana law is similar, but requires an extra eight hours of training every year. Seven states and...
  • Clandestine Machine Pistol Factory in Canada Product Circulating

    05/04/2018 8:44:21 AM PDT · by marktwain · 11 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 4 May, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
    In 2014, the Canadian government closed down a clandestine machine pistol and silencer factory located in the LaSalle Borough of Montreal, Canada. Homemadeguns has obtained some wonderful photographs that appear to be evidence photos from the raid. They are a useful and well done website. The machine pistols (almost certainly full auto) were made in a metal fabrication company. The workers were apparently told they were making parts for paintball guns. It is a good cover. The official story is that a faulty burglar alarm brought the attention of the authorities. I suspect an informant. It is unknown how...