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  • ATF's notional resource shortfall raises new questions about 'Project Gunwalker'

    07/14/2014 1:59:49 PM PDT · by Nachum · 5 replies
    Examiner ^ | 7/14/14 | Kurt Hofmann
    National Gun Rights Examiner David Codrea noted last week that a new General Accounting Office report has found that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives lacks the resources to effectively investigate one of their highest stated priorities--firearms in the hands of those prohibited by federal law from having them. Specifically, the GAO report draws the conclusion that the BATFE is unable to efficiently pursue "delayed denial" investigations, in which a person ineligible to own a firearm under federal law is permitted to do so anyway, because the criminal background check did not turn up any disqualifying information in...
  • ‘Two countries’ Alamo speech validated by ‘progressive’ rhetoric

    10/23/2013 6:28:14 AM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 22 October, 2013 | David Codrea
    “There is abroad in our land the growing thought that America is now in fact two countries sharing a common border and (mostly) a common language but divided along the answer to this question,” citizen journalist Mike Vanderboegh told approximately 600 activist gun owners, many carrying long arms, who gathered at The Alamo this past Saturday. “Does the government serve the people or do the people serve the government?” “This is not a question [that] can be finessed, compromised or negotiated,” Vanderboegh explained. “It is either the answer of individual liberty or that of the collectivist Borg … For our...
  • Plan in Vermont is to 'inch forward' on guns in spite of state law

    10/17/2013 5:00:57 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    examiner.com ^ | 14 October, 2013 | David Codrea
    The effort to enact state preemption law-violating “gun control” measures in Burlington is being advanced in steps as recommended by Rep. Linda Waite-Simpson of Essex and anti-gun activists, the Vermont Federation of Sportmen’s Clubs reported yesterday, citing the latest “Vermont this Week” Public Television panel. The revealed game plan is to settle for incremental gains and then go back later to try for further measures, “[T]he Burlington City Council's charter committee changed its proposed gun control ordinance … in hopes of having it pass at the Burlington Council City Public Hearing,” VFSC told its supporters in an advisory alert. Moderator...
  • NM:Reese brief highlights government evidence suppression, misconduct(BATFE persecution)

    07/14/2013 10:25:46 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 14 July, 2013 | David Codrea
    Requesting that the United States Court of Appeals affirm the district court’s decision to grant a new trial and permit oral arguments, attorneys for the Reese family filed an Apellees’ Brief Thursday claiming “suppressed impeachment evidence was both favorable and material and … the decision to grant a new trial was within the sound discretion of the trial court.” Arrested almost two years ago for allegedly knowingly selling guns to cartel members while operating a New Mexico gun store, all Reese family members were found not guilty on the most serious charges of conspiracy. Additionally and significantly, money laundering charges...
  • Anti-gun allegations against Defense honcho believable but unsubstantiated(brass destruction)

    04/03/2013 9:22:36 AM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 2 April, 2013 | David Codrea
    A memorandum issued by Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton B. Carter on expended military ammunition brass sale and scrap guidelines cited in yesterday’s Gun Rights Examiner column has raised questions about who he is, and if he harbors a personal political agenda in favor of restricting civilian market supplies to the extent that he can. That Carter is an elite establishment player is unquestionable. Earning degrees from Yale, being a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford, going on to being “chair of the International and Global Affairs faculty at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government,” and holding various White House...
  • Naples gun acquittal shows disturbing trend in federal prosecutions

    03/30/2013 7:53:39 PM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 30 March, 2013 | David Codrea
    “Not guilty” verdicts reached yesterday in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida trial of two men accused of gun-dealing and conspiracy raise new questions about federal prosecution tactics. Homer Helter and James Kassel “were acquitted of engaging in the business of selling firearms without a license and conspiracy to engage in the business of selling firearms,” NaplesNews.com reported. Of significance was the government’s key witness, “a twice-convicted felon with a lengthy rap sheet who has earned at least $87,000 from the government over the past few years, including $7,500 for this case,” the report reveals....
  • Remaining jailed New Mexico gun dealer family members granted bond

    01/31/2013 6:47:30 AM PST · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Examiner.com ^ | 30 January, 2013 | David Codrea
    After 18 months behind bars, Rick and Ryin Reese have been granted bond today, Judge Robert C. Brack of the United States District Court for the District of New Mexico ruled. They are the last two members of a New Mexico gun dealer family jailed for allegedly knowingly selling guns to cartel members, but who were found not guilty on the most serious charges of conspiracy and had money laundering charges against them dismissed. They were convicted on a handful of lesser charges of making false statements on forms, basically under the presumption that they should have know federal agents...
  • Obama gun speech shows misdirection, desperation and weakness

    01/17/2013 9:59:08 AM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 17 January, 2012 | David Codrea
    Announcing anti-gun measures in front of a theatrical backdrop of children, itself a tactic associated with troubling historical precedents, President Barack Obama yesterday proposed specific legislative efforts related to guns for Congress to pass, and also outlined 23 measures he says can be implemented under executive authority. To set the stage for using children, the White House, along with a complicit anti-gun media, made a point of sharing letters from children, particularly those that resonate with the childish emotions of those who don’t know enough about guns to know they’re being manipulated. Case in point is the message from an...
  • Gun group says active killer events quadrupled after Gun Free School Zones Act

    12/28/2012 1:20:54 PM PST · by Nachum · 8 replies
    Examiner ^ | 12/28/12 | David Codrea
    A graph prepared by an author and member of the state gun rights group Georgia Carry.org notes a marked increase in active killer events in spite of federal laws intended to help curb such incidents. GCO research staffer Michael Menkus, previously brought to the attention of Gun Rights Examiner readers as the author of “Guns Good Bans Bad - An Analysis of U.S. Department of Justice 2010 Crime Statistics,” recently completed a chart that demonstrates a quadrupling of these events (see photo accompanying this column). “Along with studying how changes in carry laws change crime rates, I also study Active...
  • After Newtown shooting, it’s time to have that ‘national conversation on guns’ (Codrea)

    12/15/2012 6:18:01 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 73 replies
    To anyone who may be persuaded that “a national conversation” on guns and violence in society is needed, rather than automatically accepting the assumptions of those who think it ought to begin with calling for more citizen disarmament edicts, answer one question first: If you saw someone methodically murdering children and you could get your hands on a gun, would you use it to stop him? Yes or no? There’s no time for equivocation. Every second you hesitate, another innocent is being slaughtered. If you answered “no,” you’re an irredeemable coward, unfit for the company of free men and women,...
  • Gun group urges Ryan to confront Biden on Fast and Furious

    10/11/2012 5:00:21 AM PDT · by Travis McGee · 12 replies
    Examiner ^ | October 11, 2012 | David Codrea
    The national right to keep and bear arms advocacy group, Gun Owners of America, urged its members and supporters today to ask Rep. Paul Ryan “to bring up Fast & Furious in the debate this Thursday with [Vice President] Joe Biden. “Just recently, Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan – ‘A’ rated by Gun Owners of America -- became the 131st Representative to call for Attorney General Eric Holder’s resignation,” the alert reports. “This is a unique opportunity for him to show how the administration will use diabolical methods to advance its gun control agenda,” GOA explains, providing a link to...
  • OIG Fast and Furious report requires analysis before media jumps to conclusions

    09/20/2012 6:32:18 AM PDT · by marktwain · 9 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 19 September, 2012 | David Codrea
    The long-awaited report from the Office of Inspector General was released this afternoon, prompting media conclusions that could not possibly reflect adequate scrutiny and analysis that effectively assess its findings. “The report says Attorney General Eric Holder was not made aware of potential flaws in the program until February of last year,” Fox News is reporting, while making no reference to deficiencies admitted up front by the OIG. Case in point, Chapter One of the report identifies key individuals who declined to be interviewed, significantly including “Criminal Chief [Patrick J.] Cunningham [who] declined through counsel our request for a follow-up...
  • Holding ‘Gunwalker’ figures ‘accountable’ evidently involves sweetheart deals

    08/22/2012 12:28:39 PM PDT · by Nachum · 14 replies
    examiner.com ^ | 8/22/12 | David Codrea
    A letter sent today from Sen. Chuck Grassley and Rep. Darrell Issa to B. Todd Jones, Acting Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, asked how “a top ATF official involved in Operation Fast and Furious…can remain on paid leave while simultaneously drawing an additional six figure salary from a major financial services company,” a House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform release announced. “Given [former Assistant Director William] McMahon’s extensive involvement in the leadership failures of Operation Fast and Furious, Grassley and Issa sought a detailed explanation of why the Justice Department would approve this special...
  • Facts of Shipley case lead to some conclusions, much speculation(Gunwalker)

    08/21/2012 3:22:19 PM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 21 August, 2012 | David Codrea
    A series of stories developed from documents received and analyzed in this column over the past few days have resulted in some answers and more questions regarding John Shipley, a former FBI agent convicted of illegal gun dealing. A remarkable conclusion from a source close to his case is convinced “ATF was directly responsible for the sale of [a .50 caliber rifle] to Jonatan Lopez through their informant Paul Lee on 12/19/2007” in the parking lot of an El Paso gun store. Readers of this series have seen how Lopez, a Mexican national with a Texas driver license, purchased the...
  • Conspiracy indictments indicate sanctioned gunwalking, government lies

    08/20/2012 7:00:19 AM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 19 August, 2012 | David Codrea
    Documents analyzed over the past few days in this column, received from a source close to the case of former FBI agent John Shipley, convicted of illegally dealing in firearms, indicate not only a pattern of government-sanctioned “gunwalking” similar to what occurred in the Fast and Furious debacle, but also raise suspicions that federal agents lied on the application to obtain a search warrant for Shipley’s residence. In previous installments of this exclusive story, Gun Rights Examiner documented how collector and hobbyist Shipley sold a Barrett .50 caliber rifle to a former deputy, who then resold it to a trafficker...
  • Documents show prejudicial tactics helped result in Shipley conviction(Gunwalker)

    08/18/2012 5:13:16 PM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 18 August, 2012 | David Codrea
    An FBI agent’s conviction for illegally dealing in firearms was greatly influenced by the introduction of prejudicial statements and materials, documents obtained and analyzed by Gun Rights Examiner over the past few days reveal. John Shipley, found guilty in April, 2010, has insisted throughout his prosecution and incarceration that he was instead an active and enthusiastic collector who bought and sold guns in accordance with federal firearms regulations recognizing such activities as legal. Courtroom transcripts, reported statements and irrelevant exhibits designed to sway jurors with emotion, rather than evidence, appear to bolster his contention, especially when compared to what the...
  • Gun Sales Rise in Colorado Since Aurora Shooting - Sipsey Street Irregulars Blog author Mike

    07/26/2012 6:53:06 PM PDT · by Nachum · 1 replies
    fox ^ | 7/26/12 | Lou Dobbs
    Sipsey Street Irregulars Blog author Mike Vanderboegh, GunTruths and Citizens of America co-founder David Codrea and FNC legal analyst Lis Wiehl on the potential impact on Second Amendment rights after the shooting in Aurora, Colorado.
  • Formal complaint seeks disbarment of Eric Holder in DC

    07/09/2012 11:53:52 AM PDT · by Fractal Trader · 15 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 9 July 2012 | Matthew Boyle
    Attorney General Eric Holder could lose his license to practice law in the District of Columbia, or face some other penalty from the D.C. Bar, now that he has been found in criminal and civil contempt of Congress. Last week, the bloggers who first exposed Operation Fast and Furious, Mike Vanderboegh and David Codrea, filed a formal complaint with the Washington, D.C. Office of Bar Counsel alleging that Holder committed “professional misconduct” during the congressional investigation into the scandal. Because Holder was found in contempt of Congress for his “refusal to comply with a subpoena duly issued by the Committee...
  • Bloggers Who Broke Fast and Furious Story, File Ethics Complaint on Holder With DC Bar

    07/03/2012 7:15:44 PM PDT · by opentalk · 21 replies
    Nicedeb ^ | July 3, 2012
    An ethics complaint against U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has been filed by David Codrea and Mike Vanderboegh with the Office of Bar Counsel, Board on Professional Responsibility of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals. Codrea and Vanderboegh are the two bloggers who first broke the news of the Fast and Furious scandal in December 2010.Said Vanderboegh, Eric Holder believes that he will escape serious consequences of the congressional investigations of the Fast and Furious scandal simply by running out the clock on his tenure. We intend this ethics complaint to place him on notice that his lies and...
  • Condolences (David Codrea)

    06/21/2012 5:15:40 PM PDT · by marktwain · 12 replies
    No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money ^ | 20 June, 2012 | John Richardson
    Condolences to David Codrea and his family on the passing of his father this morning. David's father had been ill for some time. Nonetheless, nothing really prepares one for the loss of a parent. Also keep Mike Vanderboegh in your prayers as well. He went in the hospital on Monday for what was scheduled to be an out-patient procedure to place a stent in his esophagus. The out-patient procedure turned into an overnight stay and I'm still not sure if he has returned home yet. It is a cruel twist of fate that the two citizen journalists who broke the...
  • RKBA Writer Activist on "Armed America" radio now!

    03/04/2012 5:04:36 PM PST · by Travis McGee · 7 replies
    Armed America Radio ^ | March 4, 2012 | Matt Bracken
    Second Amendment activist, GUNS Magazine columnist and National Examiner writer David Codrea will be on the Armed America radio network tonight. The show runs from 8 to 11 p.m. EST. Click here to find your local station or streaming link. It promises to be hot, discussing the Obama administrations cover-up of Operation Fast And Furious, AKA "Murdergate," and other RKBA cases in the news. Here is the Armed America Radio link.
  • Open letter to Darrell Issa and Chuck Grassley on anticipated gunwalking report

    01/07/2012 5:11:55 AM PST · by marktwain · 17 replies · 1+ views
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 6 January, 2012 | David Codrea
    A joint release by David Codrea and Mike Vanderboegh Dear Rep. Issa and Sen. Grassley, Congratulations on the exceptional leadership you both have shown in advancing congressional investigations on the Fast and Furious “gunwalking” criminal enterprise. The two of you have taken things a long way since we first felt compelled to write an open letter requesting attention and action nearly a year ago. We once more feel a need to correspond openly because we realize our voices are small compared to the many larger ones demanding your attention, and because it is in the public’s interest to be aware...
  • Federal judge decides who is an ‘authorized journalist’—and who is not(gunwalker)

    12/10/2011 3:42:19 AM PST · by marktwain · 27 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 8 December, 2011 | David Codrea
    “Montana blogger is not journalist,” Jeff Barnard of the Associated Press reported Wednesday. U.S. District Judge Marco A. Hernández ruled that “investigative blogger” Crystal L. Cox “was not a journalist and cannot claim the protections afforded to mainstream reporters and news outlets.” Per Alex Dobuzinskis of Reuters: Hernandez found Cox failed to present evidence that she had any media credentials or affiliation with a “recognized news entity,” or that she had checked her facts or tried to contact the other side to “get both sides of the story.” “Montana blogger is not journalist,” Jeff Barnard of the Associated Press reported...
  • Interview With David Codrea, Gun Rights Advocate

    08/16/2011 5:52:51 AM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies
    gunvaluesboard.com ^ | 15 August, 2011 | Nancy
    David Codrea, is the author of The War on Guns, National Gun Rights Examiner, Host of NBC 1260 Drive time radio show The War on guns and writes the “Right Watch” column on Guns Magazine. He is also a long time gun advocate, kindly agreed to answer some question about the state of gun rights, Bringing to light the truth about the Gunwalker scandal, in which he was instrumental, and various other issues that should interest all gun owners. Here goes: GVB: Being a site of avid gun collectors, I am sure we would all like to know what your...
  • So I was on David Codrea's "War On Guns" radio show the other day...

    07/09/2011 8:35:34 AM PDT · by Travis McGee · 60 replies
    David Codrea's "War On Guns" radio program ^ | July 9, 2011 | Matthew Bracken
    Last Tuesday I was on David Codrea's "War On Guns" radio program, which airs first from NBC1260 in Arizona. This link takes you to a standard "Realplayer" mp3 audio file. I'm on for ten minutes, starting at minute 28:30. Just drag the play button across. We talk about my books and the fight to preserve freedom in America from creeping state tyranny. http://www.nbc1260.com/WARTUE.mp3 If you don't know, David Codrea has been one of the writers and bloggers who broke the Gunrunner/Gunwalker/Fast & Furious story to the national audience.
  • Daily morning drive time show to return fire in ‘War on Guns’

    06/13/2011 4:42:03 AM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 12 June, 2011 | David Codrea
    Scottsdale, AZ, June 12, 2011—A relentless campaign is being waged against the right to keep and bear arms, with gun control edicts falsely painted by ambitious politicians as needed crime-fighting tools. These attacks against a basic right are cheered on by well-funded lobbyists and an almost universally-sympathizing mainstream media. Scottsdale-based radio station KBSZ 1260’s new program, “The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance,” debuts on June 13 in the 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. time slot to provide a much-needed voice to counter and refute those who demand citizen disarmament, and to argue instead for freedom. Hosted by long-time...
  • Senate ducks Traver ATF vote

    12/25/2010 4:25:00 AM PST · by marktwain · 10 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 24 December, 2010 | David Codrea
    The Senate evaded taking a stand on the controversial nomination of Andrew Traver to head up ATF. From Main Justice: The Senate did not vote on whether to confirm Andrew Traver as the next leader of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives this Congress, sending his nomination back to the White House on Wednesday. The main reason cited was “strong opposition from the National Rifle Association.” NRA did take a lead in the opposition, and as the largest of the “gun lobby” groups was no doubt the most influential in prompting telephone calls, letters and emails opposing Traver’s...
  • Attorney says Aitken to appeal for vindication on gun charges(NJ)

    12/22/2010 4:13:46 AM PST · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 21 December, 2010 | David Codrea
    Brian Aitken, the New Jersey gun owner whose seven-year sentence for gun and ammunition possession was commuted yesterday by Gov. Chris Christie, will appeal, his lawyer has stated. The commutation does not expunge his conviction, and as such, Aitken is currently prohibited from owning firearms. I asked Aitken’s attorney Evan Nappen if there were any plans to try for pardon with full restoration of rights or some other strategy to effect the same, and if he had any statement for public consumption he'd care to make. His reply: Our next step is to win the appeal to vindicate Brian. I...
  • Police treat pro-gun bumper sticker as probable cause for pat down(GA)

    12/18/2010 7:08:11 AM PST · by marktwain · 55 replies · 2+ views
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 17 December, 2010 | David Codrea
    A Second Amendment advocacy leader has released video of his encounter with Sandy Springs, GA police during a traffic stop. Daniel Almond, founder of Restore the Constitution (which includes what the Brady Campaign’s Paul Helmke described as a polite armed Second Amendment rally among its achievements) was pulled over for speeding and a broken light over his rear license plate. That’s when he was ordered out of his car to submit to being frisked. In Almond’s words: This is me getting stopped by Sandy Springs PD for speeding. The second thing the officer asked me, after asking for my license,...
  • ‘Controversy’ over ‘gun-packing Santa’ manufactured by TV news(CA)

    12/13/2010 3:54:18 AM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies · 1+ views
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 11 December, 2010 | David Codrea
    “A painted plywood cut-out of Santa with a cowboy hat and a gun on his belt is causing quite a stir in Turlock,” 3KCRA.com reports. “I tried to get the image out of my head all day long and I could not, because Santa is made for love, bringing families together, not carrying weapons,” Monica Sliva said. Sliva thinks it sends the wrong message to kids. She complained to staff at the Christmas tree lot where the Santa was on display, and they first took the cut-own down, but then put it back up with the gun covered. It’s ridiculous,...
  • ‘Legal’ open carry could get you arrested—or worse

    12/13/2010 4:00:18 AM PST · by marktwain · 37 replies · 1+ views
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 12 December, 2010 | David Codrea
    Despite the practice being “lawful” in many states (not to mention being a fundamental right), gun owners who openly carry firearms often place themselves in legal and physical jeopardy from police reactions. Because official ignorance endangers open carriers, as one in Willowick, Ohio, found out when, per Ohioans for Concealed Carry, he "was ordered to his knees at gunpoint by several police officers." And the chilling account they relate includes no small amount of disrespect by the enforcers, including blasphemies directed at the detainee. And then there was this bit of telling attitude for a right articulated in the Constitution...
  • Chicago database a tool to discourage gun ownership, not to fight crime(IL)

    12/11/2010 4:56:26 AM PST · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 9 December, 2010 | David Codrea
    “Mayor Richard Daley expressed frustration today that the Chicago Police Department has not set up a database to let police officers and firefighters know how many firearms are registered in each home in the city,” the Chicago Tribune reports. “A key piece” in the mayor’s response to a loss in the McDonald case, where the Supreme Court ruled the Second Amendment is applicable against state and local infringements, “[t]he mayor said it would help protect first responders by letting them know what kind of situation they might encounter when they went to calls in Chicago residences.” That, of course, is...
  • Authorities charge gun owner with brandishing…his finger

    12/07/2010 4:10:07 AM PST · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 6 December, 2010 | David Codrea
    “Paul Henick arrested for BRANDISHING FIREARM in Chesterfield,” the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports. Aside from a photo and a link to past news accounts, where it is learned Mr. Henick is a gun rights/open carry advocate, no further details of the arrest are presented. For those, an account is presented on the OpenCarry.org forum that, if substantiated, presents serious concerns about security, police and prosecutorial misconduct. The incident reportedly began as Henick attempted to take the Surrey (Jamestown-Scotland) Ferry when “a private contractor working for VDOT to ‘ensure security’ ordered [him] to get out of his car.” When the contractor refused...
  • Keeping and bearing arms applies to knives as well as guns

    12/08/2010 7:08:17 PM PST · by marktwain · 72 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 7 December, 2010 | David Codrea
    By assigning knife regulations to its legislature, the state of Arizona has eliminated a patchwork of conflicting local laws and become what a report in The New York Times calls “a knife carrier’s dream, a place where everything from a samurai sword to a switchblade can be carried without a quibble.” Arizona’s transformation, and the recent lifting of a ban on switchblades, stilettos, dirks and daggers in New Hampshire, has given new life to the knife rights lobby, the little-known cousin of the more politically potent gun rights movement. A main driver behind this “transformation” is Knife Rights, “a membership...
  • Are ‘guns in bars’ automatically ‘a dangerous combination’?

    12/10/2010 5:00:17 AM PST · by marktwain · 28 replies · 2+ views
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 8 December, 2010 | David Codrea
    “Dangerous combination,” The Akron Beacon Journal editorial headline reads. “A lame-duck maneuver to allow guns in bars,” the subhead clarifies. Ohio Rep. Danny Bubp is trying to get enough signatures on discharge petitions to force two gun bills passed earlier in the Senate to the House floor for a vote. Oxymoronically, the "Authorized Journalists," who ordinarily present themselves as champions of democracy, along with House Democrats, don’t want a vote to happen: In the House, Armond Budish, the Democratic speaker, wisely has taken a firm stand against the bills. The Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police, the Fraternal Order of...
  • Do Surry County deputies have conflict of interest in gun brandishing case?

    12/07/2010 4:16:29 AM PST · by marktwain · 1 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 6 December, 2010 | David Codrea
    In the absence of physical evidence, the case against Paul Henick, a Virginia man accused of brandishing a firearm and obstruction of justice (reported earlier today in Gun Rights Examiner) boils down to the word of a citizen against that of Surry County Sheriff’s Department personnel. As such, the credibility of the department in past actions becomes relevant, particularly where questions alleging outright corruption via framing/planting evidence are being considered in a $10 million lawsuit. Bob Addison, a former business owner and unsuccessful candidate for sheriff, filed the suit against former Sheriff Harold Brown and a former deputy. A Daily...
  • Former congressman urges ATF oversight hearings

    12/03/2010 4:42:16 AM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 30 November, 2010 | David Codrea
    The NFA Owners Association has posted a letter to incoming representatives from former Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Jim Lightfoot advising they investigate allegations of corruption and mismanagement in the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) (click here, then on “Letters by Members of Congress Regarding ATF Mismanagement”). His unique qualifications to do so? As a former Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Treasury, Postal Service and General Government, Committee on Appropriations, Rep. Lightfoot had responsibility for approving ATF's budget and gained insights into ATF operations. Here’s the relevant excerpt from Rep. Lightfoot’s letter: The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms...
  • Should actor Mark Ruffalo be prohibited from buying guns?

    12/03/2010 6:10:30 AM PST · by marktwain · 12 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 1 December, 2010 | David Codrea
    “Hollywood star Mark Ruffalo has been placed on a terror watch list by U.S. officials after organizing screenings for a new documentary about natural gas drilling,” Paul Thompson of Mail Onlinereports. [H]is efforts to raise awareness and demand a stop to natural gas drilling attracted the attention of officials from Pennsylvania's Office of Homeland Security. Ah, Pennsylvania, well no wonder. That’s the same first line of defense Keystone Staters have to protect them against the giant inflatable pink pig owner menace. No wonder Gov. Ed Rendell felt so confident vetoing the right to self defense, with these all-seeing guardians of...
  • Dialog on campus guns helps clear up perceptions

    12/04/2010 4:22:45 AM PST · by marktwain · 10 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 3 December, 2010 | David Codrea
    “Dr. Bill Holda, president of Kilgore College in Kilgore, TX, will have to do some fast backpedaling if he’s to have any hope of outrunning his recent comments about the 1991 massacre at a Luby’s Cafeteria in Killeen, TX—the second deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, surpassed only by the 2007 Virginia Tech massacre,” the email from Students for Concealed Carry on Campus began. Dr. Holda recently angered both survivors of the shooting and concealed carry advocates by claiming that some of the victims of the massacre (which became a rallying cry for supporters of lawful self-defense) actually shot each...
  • Can corrupt government legitimately decide who it allows to keep and bear arms?

    12/02/2010 5:10:18 PM PST · by Neil E. Wright · 11 replies · 1+ views
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | December 01, 2010 | David Codrea
    “46 Prince George's County officers suspended or on administrative duty,” The Washington Post headline informs us. The three Prince George's County police officers arrested as part of the sweeping federal investigation into corruption in the county represent only a fraction of those accused of wrongdoing, according to police officials and internal department records. Bear in mind: [T]hree of these cases are known to have a direct relationship to the federal probe that led to the arrest this month of County Executive Jack B. Johnson (D). Charges against “at least 10 of the suspended officers… include driving while intoxicated, assault and...
  • ‘The Social Contract’ exposes Southern Poverty Law Center

    11/29/2010 3:57:33 AM PST · by marktwain · 11 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 26 November, 2010 | David Codrea
    “Profiteers of Hate,” the cover of the Spring 2010 issue of The Social Contract accuses. “The smear-mongering agenda of the Southern Poverty Law Center…” In this special issue The Social Contract presents an unsparing indictment, and a timely debunking, of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). Acclaimed expert on America’s political fringes Laird Wilcox skewers the bogus scholarship and smear tactics by which SPLC has successfully sold itself to government and media as an impartial arbiter of “hate,” in an exclusive, keynote interview with Peter Gemma. TSC’s team of accomplished contributors from the left, right, and center exposes SPLC’s unsavory...
  • Felon laments he can’t vote for gun control

    11/30/2010 4:20:29 AM PST · by marktwain · 17 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 29 November, 2010 | David Codrea
    “Ex-Con: Where Do I Fit In Anti-Gun Campaign?” the New Haven Independent headline reads. The “ex-con” is James Hanton, “released from jail this spring, [who] complained that he can’t vote to retain or replace elected officials who have a direct impact on how thoroughly or not gun violence is going to be rooted out of his community.” “A lot of us coming out of prison want to go in a different direction,” Hanton said, “but because we have these roadblocks in the way ... You’re saying in order to make these changes we need to vote, or we need to...
  • ATF attempting to reclassify small arms ammunition without public input

    11/27/2010 3:30:20 PM PST · by Neil E. Wright · 41 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | November 26, 2010 | David Codrea
    “Recently, the NFATCA took the lead on an issue that could have far-reaching consequences in the NFA and Sporting communities,” the National Firearms Act Trade & Collectors Association reports. What issue? It was learned that ATF was seeking to create a definition of small arms ammunition under the aegis of the Safe Explosives Act. The definition was being created as an opinion letter and had no input from the firearms community. Why is a revised definition needed? What is the impetus behind this effort to increase the Bureau’s regulatory control reach? And why exclude the people who it would compel...
  • Philadelphia ‘secret police’ threaten to ‘lock up’ citizen for open carrying(PA)

    11/24/2010 4:08:37 AM PST · by marktwain · 23 replies · 1+ views
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 23 November, 2009 | David Codrea
    “Now you’re either going to conceal it, or I’m going to take you off here or I’m going to lock you up. I’m not going to play games.” The threatening speaker is a Philadelphia police lieutenant, coercing activist Mark Roote, who attended a weekend “End the Fed” rally open carrying—as is his right and in accordance with Pennsylvania law. Indeed, in the accompanying video (see sidebar), we see the initial “officer” who approached Roote actually REFUSES TO IDENTIFY HIMSELF upon a legitimate citizen request that he do so. Apparently, in the city of Independence Hall, secret police wearing full length...
  • Why shouldn’t ‘human targets’ shoot back?

    11/12/2010 6:05:56 AM PST · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 11 November, 2010 | David Codrea
    “This target shoots back,” the click-through ad at the top of the MyFoxMaine.com news page tells us, inviting viewers to watch the season premiere of “Human Target” with its action hero protagonist, guns in each hand blazing. How exciting! And the “Top News Story,” directly under the banner? Virginia Tech Shooting Survivor Speaks in Portland It’s Colin Goddard, on his mission to spread the gospel of citizen disarmament (see sidebar video). Except that’s not what he calls it: "If you say the word gun control, it's the big horrible word," Goddard said. "But if you break it down to the...
  • Why did ATF issue—and then rescind—a ruling declaring air guns ‘firearms’?

    11/13/2010 7:02:25 AM PST · by marktwain · 42 replies · 2+ views
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 12 November, 2010 | David Codrea
    Breaking News: Between the time I began composing today’s Gun Rights Examiner column and finishing it, Mike Vanderboegh reported ATF has rescinded their ruling declaring selected Airsoft-type guns as firearms. What in the world is going on, and how is the bureau so out of control they can issue top level directives under the signature of their acting head guy, and then pull it back with no detailed explanation? Per Vanderboegh: The ATF Pressroom admitted to me by phone this morning that ATF Ruling 2010-4…has been rescinded! I’ve decided to go ahead and present what I wrote before this news...
  • Violent leftists agree with SPLC and 'Waco Jim' on threat from the armed right

    11/10/2010 11:31:02 AM PST · by Neil E. Wright · 43 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | November 10, 2010 | David Codrea
    On Monday, we asked, in the context of the Southern Poverty Law Center conflating Constitutionalists with haters, if a video warning law enforcement to cue their behavior in citizen encounters off of bumper stickers could either chill free speech or endanger Americans expressing political sentiments. We followed up yesterday asking if video co-narrator/former ATF Special Agent in Charge James Cavanaugh was a credible SPLC spokesperson. Here’s someone—a leading “respected” academic and activist who agrees with “Waco Jim” and the SPLC about the armed political right: "It's racist, it's armed, it's hostile, it's unspeakable," she said. "White people armed, demanding an...
  • Should 'insolence' be cause for losing guns?(PA)

    11/06/2010 6:39:10 AM PDT · by marktwain · 35 replies · 1+ views
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 4 November, 2010 | David Codrea
    "Licensed gun-holder loses guns & permits after he and cops lock horns -- twice," Stephanie Farr of the Philadelphia Daily News reports. What in the world is going on here? On two afternoons in a row last week, [John] Solomon, 24, was arrested after hanging out at a North Philadelphia bus stop, and each time, the cops confiscated from him a legally owned gun and a separate license to carry a gun, the licensed security guard said yesterday. Solomon maintains he was waiting for a bus and let some pass him by "because it was about 3 p.m. and he...
  • Did SPLC just make it dangerous to have a ‘conservative’ bumper sticker?

    11/09/2010 4:13:46 AM PST · by marktwain · 27 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 8 November, 2010 | David Codrea
    The Southern Poverty Law Center has produced a video, “’Sovereign Citizens’ and Law Enforcement: Understanding the Threat,” warning police that traffic stops involving “right wing” citizens could end up as deadly encounters. I’ve embedded it in the sidebar video player. Go ahead and watch it before reading on. There’s no question the officers were murdered. The question is, do we blame an ideology or the individuals who committed the act? And if the former is a factor, what responsible actions have the finger-pointers taken to limit the blame to a narrow spectrum of violence initiation advocates—as opposed to conflating their...
  • Does the Tea Party have a 'gun problem'?

    11/02/2010 5:24:12 PM PDT · by Neil E. Wright · 22 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | November 02, 2010 | David Codrea
    "As the Tea Party gears up for big wins on Tuesday, Adam Winkler sounds the alarm on an overlooked part of their radical agenda to overturn gun control laws in America—and their ties to revolutionary militia," The Daily Beast tells us.A "constitutional law professor at UCLA" is evidently hostile to the Founders' Second Amendment. This is my shocked face. If we listen to him, we just can't win. Those agreeing with the "militia" part are "extremists." As for "shall not be infringed: Rand Paul showed his true colors with a campaign promise that, if elected, he “will fight all attempts...