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  • Volume of concealed-gun permits swamps Wisconsin agency

    01/16/2012 6:44:28 AM PST · by rellimpank · 27 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 16 jan 2012 | Jason Stein
    Madison - The state has fallen at least four days behind its legal timelines for handling background checks for Wisconsin's new concealed carry law but could be caught up as soon as this week, a state official said. The state fell behind Dec. 30 on its obligations under the new law, which requires new applications to be handled within 21 days. So far, nearly 71,000 people have applied for permits and swamped state officials at the Department of Justice, who have printed more than 51,000 so far. That comes as handgun sales and the state background checks for those sales...
  • More gun permits not equaling more crime?

    01/15/2012 7:34:18 AM PST · by rellimpank · 17 replies
    Dubuque Telegraph-Herald ^ | 15 jan 2012 | Eric Mandel
    Despite a better than 1,000 percent increase in the number of gun permits issued in Dubuque County in 2011, officials who fought the new law are somewhat surprised at the lack of problems caused by it. More than 2,000 county residents received permits to carry in 2011, a 1,170 percent increase from the previous year. Such an increase was certainly expected; Dubuque County Sheriff Don Vrotsos actually predicted more would apply. And while gun-control groups didn't quite predict the end of the world as we know it, the predictions came close -- thousands of people flashing handguns; fist fights dissolving...
  • DNC chair blames Tea Party for Tucson shooting (Crazy moonbat barf alert!)

    01/11/2012 11:20:04 AM PST · by DCBryan1 · 76 replies · 3+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | January 11, 2012 12:03pm | byJoel Gehrke Commentary Staff Writer
    Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., speaking in New Hampshire this morning, reminded her audience of the tragic Tucson shooting last year -- and also insinuated that the Tea Party, which she said regards political opponents as "the enemy," has enhanced divisiveness in Congress and had something to do with the shooting, at least indirectly. "We need to make sure that we tone things down, particularly in light of the Tucson tragedy from a year ago, where my very good friend, Gabby Giffords -- who is doing really well, by the way, -- [was shot]," Wasserman Schultz, the Democratic National Committee...
  • Badger Gun has new name, awaits license

    01/11/2012 6:41:08 AM PST · by rellimpank · 12 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 11 jan 2012 | John Diedrich
    The new owner of the West Milwaukee gun shop long under fire because of its high number of crime gun sales, including those used to wound police officers, said Tuesday he plans to make the store more selective, not selling certain cheap guns and asking buyers tough questions. The new owner is the brother of the previous owner of Badger Guns, whose license was revoked for breaking federal law. Badger Guns stopped selling guns Dec. 31 under an agreement with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Mike Allan, the brother of Badger Guns owner Adam Allan, said...
  • Chief Noble Wray and Madison police brace for concealed carry

    01/09/2012 5:29:56 AM PST · by rellimpank · 29 replies ^ | 09 jan 2012 | Paul Fandlund
    (snip) The posting was prompted, of course, by a Republican-engineered law effective Nov. 1 that legalizes concealed firearms in Wisconsin. Now, to keep guns out, people must post signs prohibiting them at homes or businesses. Madison City Clerk Maribeth Witzel-Behl tells me her office is doing a steady business selling such signs for $5, though she lacks a count of sales. The topic of guns has been top of mind elsewhere in the City-County Building: at the Madison Police Department. Chief Noble Wray and other police officials there have been training officers and contemplating what concealed guns mean for Madison....
  • Firearm sale ban at Badger Guns doesn't affect shooting range

    01/05/2012 9:21:45 AM PST · by rellimpank · 4 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 05 jan 2012 | John Diedrich
    The West Milwaukee gun shop whose license was revoked for breaking federal law stopped selling guns Dec. 31 but continues to run a shooting range and sell ammunition and other accessories, as allowed by federal law. The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives revoked the federal firearms license of Badger Guns last year and set a deadline for Dec. 31 to end firearm sales. The store stopped selling guns on that date but can continue to sell ammunition and other items and run the shooting range because those activities do not require a gun dealer's license, according to...
  • Bringing in the New Year with Idaho Style Fireworks (My sons and I)

    01/02/2012 9:26:38 AM PST · by Jeff Head · 48 replies
    Youtube ^ | 1 January 2012 | Jeff Head
    My sons and I went up into the foothills here in Idaho on New Year's Eve to celebrate the New Year in our own pecular way...with a Savage Firearms .308 hunting rifle (which needed its scope zeroed in) and my FAL .308 and Rueger Mini-14 .223. Lot's of fun! Click on the pic or link for the video. Bringing in the New Year with Idaho Fireworks Hope you enjoy!
  • Another Year for Weapons (Tears from the Grey Lady)

    12/29/2011 8:59:21 AM PST · by Second Amendment First · 60 replies
    New York Times ^ | December 28, 2011
    The F.B.I. reports that gun dealers submitted the names of almost half-a-million customers in the six days before Christmas, with December on its way to surpassing November, which had a record tally of 1,534,414 names submitted for background checks for criminal convictions and mental health issues. Only a little more than 1 percent of buyers are typically rejected by federally licensed gun dealers. No one knows how many more firearms were purchased through the gun-show loophole that enables black marketeering. The F.B.I. data are particularly grim given the approaching anniversary of the shooting rampage in Tucson that left Representative Gabrielle...
  • Guns in Public, and Out of Sight

    12/28/2011 12:19:52 PM PST · by absalom01 · 12 replies
    The New York Times ^ | December 26, 2011 | MICHAEL LUO
    ... In state after state, guns are being allowed in places once off-limits, like bars, college campuses and houses of worship. And gun rights advocates are seeking to expand the map still further, pushing federal legislation that would require states to honor other states’ concealed weapons permits. The House approved the bill last month; the Senate is expected to take it up next year. The bedrock argument for this movement is that permit holders are law-abiding citizens who should be able to carry guns in public to protect themselves. “These are people who have proven themselves to be among the...
  • For public safety, it's a golden age

    12/25/2011 7:34:30 AM PST · by rellimpank · 39 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 25 dec 2011 | Steve Chapman
    The 1950s are often recalled as a golden age in American life — stable families, rising incomes, wholesome TV shows and low crime rates. Doesn't sound like 2011, does it? When it comes to crime, though, there is a striking similarity: We are, believe it or not, in a new golden age. Crime has never subsided as a topic for local news or prime-time detective shows. Anyone looking for reasons to fear going out of the house can find plenty. But the truth is our streets are safer than they have been in a long time. The latest evidence came...
  • Madison pays $10,000 to men who wore guns to restaurant

    12/22/2011 6:38:34 AM PST · by rellimpank · 24 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 22 dec 2011 | Bruce Vielmetti
    Dec. 21, 2011 | Those federal civil rights lawsuits are paying off for Wisconsin Carry Inc., the gun rights advocacy group. The City of Madison agreed to pay $10,000 to settle a claim brought by the group and five members who were cited or arrested after wearing guns to a Culver's restaurant last year. Prosecutors in May decided to drop the charges filed in the matter.
  • Conceal carry permit applications swamp state agency

    12/19/2011 10:00:47 AM PST · by rellimpank · 15 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 19 dec 2011 | Jason Stein
    Wisconsin Department of Justice struggles to meet deadlines Madison - In less than six weeks, 56,000 people applied for a permit under Wisconsin's new concealed carry law and thousands more bought handguns, swamping the state agency handling the required background checks. The applicants so far amount to about 1% of the state's population, and very few of them have been rejected for a permit. The number of state background checks for handgun purchases is also up more than 50% for the year - another sign of the large numbers of people taking advantage of the new concealed carry law. The...
  • The 2nd Amendment to the US Constitution was adopted on this date, December 15, 1791

    12/15/2011 10:51:50 AM PST · by South40 · 13 replies
    Vanity | 12/15/2011
    The Second Amendment (Amendment II) to the United States Constitution guarantees the American people the right to keep and bear arms. It was adopted on December 15, 1791, exactly 220-years ago today.
  • Colt Tells Connecticut, “You Can Keep Your Unions, Gun Bans, and Taxes”…Hello Florida!

    12/13/2011 1:55:00 PM PST · by YankeeReb · 89 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | December 13, 2011 | Andrea Ryan
    Colt is joining all the other innovative American manufacturing companies in the great stampede to the Right to Work South. From RedState… Colt Firearms appears to be one of the many Connecticut companies looking for a less hostile home. To clarify, Florida is a Right-to-Work state and Connecticut is not. Which may be why the UAW is so concerned about keeping jobs in the anti-business state:. via The Miami Herald: Colt Manufacturing Co. announced earlier this month it is bringing 63 jobs and a new regional headquarters and product manufacturing center to Kissimmee, Fla., next year. Of course, Colt’s...
  • Bill would ban guns from gas stations (Wisconsin)

    12/12/2011 6:08:11 AM PST · by rellimpank · 52 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | bruce vielmetti
    Just as thousands of Wisconsin residents are starting to use their new permits to carry concealed weapons, a Milwaukee lawmaker has proposed making gas stations off limits. Assembly Bill 406's sponsor, Rep. Josh Zepnick, (D-Milwaukee), said many station owners, employees and customers are among his constituents and have suffered ongoing violent crime at and around the businesses. "This is a serious pattern of crime that has escalated, presumably due to tough economic times and the 'ease' of getting in/out of a gas station for criminal activity," Zepnick said in an email. He noted that he has attended the funerals of...
  • Walker administration bars open carry of guns in state buildings

    12/01/2011 6:03:09 AM PST · by rellimpank · 7 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 01 dec 2011 | Jason Stein
    Madison - Gov. Scott Walker's administration is barring openly carrying guns into state buildings, even for people with valid concealed carry permits. The Republican governor's administration is also declining to say how many state employees have told their bosses that they'll be bringing concealed guns to work after the administration decided last month to allow that for valid permit holders. The new policies all came in response to the state's new concealed carry law, which on Nov. 1 made Wisconsin the 49th state in the nation to let citizens carry hidden weapons. "As a matter of policy, open carry will...
  • NDP’s honest mistake confirms Canada’s dysfunctional gun laws

    11/30/2011 5:00:21 PM PST · by rellimpank · 3 replies
    National Post (Canada) ^ | 30 nov 2011 | Matt Gurney:
    The federal New Democrats have been left scrambling after nearly making an embarrassing mistake in an ad campaign criticizing the federal Tories for scrapping the long-gun registry. The NDP planned to run ads showing the Mini-14 rifle, which would no longer be subject to registration after the end of the long-gun registry. But the graphic showed the wrong variant of the Mini-14 — one that is considered a restricted firearm, and therefore won’t be affected by the proposed legislation at all. The NDP acknowledged the error, and is moving to correct the ads. It was an honest mistake on their...
  • 2011 gun deer season ends as one of safest (Wisconsin)

    11/29/2011 6:20:29 AM PST · by rellimpank · 16 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 29 nov 2011 | Paul A. Smith
    With six shooting incidents, all nonfatal, the 2011 Wisconsin gun deer hunting season will go down as one of the safest on record, according to state officials. "We're always striving for zero incidents, but this is looking like a phenomenal season from a hunter safety perspective," said Tim Lawhern, administrator of the Enforcement and Science Division of the Department of Natural Resources. The traditional nine-day season ended Sunday. The DNR is compiling reports on safety, citations, license sales and deer registrations. The agency reported it sold 620,534 gun deer hunting licenses through Sunday, 560 fewer than 2010. If the preliminary...
  • Charges filed against gun-rights activist in Milwaukee case

    11/23/2011 1:46:07 PM PST · by rellimpank · 25 replies · 1+ views
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 23 nov 2011 | Gina Barton and Bruce Vielmetti
    Gun-rights activist Krysta Sutterfield was charged Tuesday with carrying a concealed weapon for wearing a holstered gun under her jacket as she used the wireless Internet connection outside the Sherman Perk Coffee Shop late at night, according to a criminal complaint. If convicted of the misdemeanor charge, Sutterfield, 42, faces a maximum penalty of nine months in jail and a fine of $10,000. A recently passed Wisconsin law allows people to carry concealed weapons if they have a permit. Sutterfield is among close to 40,000 people who have applied for the permits, but she had not yet received one at...
  • Air Force investigates gun after standoff on base

    11/22/2011 9:47:32 AM PST · by rellimpank · 54 replies
    yahoo--ap ^ | 22 nov 2011
    SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (AP) — The Air Force is investigating how an airman managed to get his own handgun onto a sensitive air base in Colorado where he barricaded himself in a building for 10 hours before surrendering. Nico Cruz Santos, 21, was taken into custody at Schriever Air Force Base at about 8 p.m. Monday, officials said. No injuries were reported. The base about 60 miles south of Denver controls more than 60 military satellites, including those used for GPS. The Air Force said satellite operations weren't disrupted.
  • Police seek charges against gun carrier with permit pending

    11/16/2011 5:59:57 AM PST · by rellimpank · 14 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 16nov 2011 | bruce vielmetti
    In an early test of Wisconsin's new weapons law, Milwaukee police are seeking concealed weapon charges against an area gun rights activist who was wearing a gun in her car - before getting a new state permit. Krysta Sutterfield was arrested early Friday outside a closed Sherman Park coffee shop, where she was using a computer inside her parked car - while wearing her ever-present handgun. She was jailed overnight, and her gun has been confiscated. Sutterfield, 42, made news last year when she openly wore the gun to services at a Brookfield church and was arrested afterward. She was...
  • Shooting threat brings arrest for bar patron

    11/14/2011 10:42:54 AM PST · by rellimpank · 21 replies ^ | 1 nov 2011 | bill novak
    A man who allegedly threatened another man at a downtown bar Sunday night by pointing his hands as pretend guns and firing them was arrested after a struggle with Madison police. Isaiah Lambert, 32, Madison, was tentatively charged with disorderly conduct, resisting/obstructing and a parole violation following the incident at 10:44 p.m. at the Red Shed, 406 N. Frances St. According to a Madison police news release, a 27-year-old Madison man feared he might get shot after being confronted by Lambert in the bar.
  • Crime and Courts: Want to keep guns out of your home? Buy a 'no-gun' sign from the city

    11/12/2011 2:09:02 PM PST · by rellimpank · 92 replies ^ | 12 nov 2011 | Steven Elbow
    Now that Wisconsin allows people to carry concealed guns, here's one thing you might want to know: That includes your home. That means that everyone from the Mary Kay lady to the plumber can come into your home packing heat, unless you tell them they can't, or unless you post a sign. The law, which allows people to apply for licenses to carry concealed guns, knives, Tasers and billy clubs, went into effect on Nov. 1. People who oppose the law -- according to some polls they make up the majority of the state -- might be put off at...
  • Open-carry advocate arrested, jailed

    11/12/2011 9:45:05 AM PST · by rellimpank · 8 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 12 nov 2011 | Bruce Vielmetti
    A woman who was arrested after she wore her gun to a Brookfield church service last year, but was not charged with any crime, was arrested again early Friday in Milwaukee. Krysta Sutterfield, 42, of Milwaukee, is in the Milwaukee County Jail on charges of loitering and prowling, and resisting or obstructing an officer. She had not had a court appearance as of late Friday and was being held without bail. Sutterfield is active in the area open-carry movement, which advocates for gun rights and the open wearing of weapons by those legally able to do so. According to overnight...
  • Van Hollen sides with safety (Wisconsin barf alert)

    11/10/2011 10:36:00 AM PST · by rellimpank · 11 replies ^ | 10 nov 2011
    What a bunch of liberals those Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature are. And now they're forcing Republican Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen to be, in his own words, "very liberal," too. We're talking, of course, about the GOP's anything-goes approach to allowing concealed guns in Wisconsin. You want to carry a hidden gun? No problem. Just send in for a permit and decide for yourself how much — if any — training you need. That's the liberal attitude of lawmakers such as Assembly Majority Leader Scott Suder, R-Abbotsford, and Sen. Glenn Grothman, R-West Bend. They balked at the more conservative...
  • Florida Carry Public Open Carry Meeting Coming to a Pier Near You

    11/09/2011 6:40:10 PM PST · by marktwain · 2 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 8 November, 2011 | Florida Carry
    Florida - -( On the second Saturday of each month, Florida Carry holds local meetings for our members and other second amendment advocates throughout the state. These meetings are informal and hosted by local volunteers who work with local officials to insure that they are pleasant events for everyone. The public is invited! Many participants Open Carry and fish during these events. Other participants carry concealed and may or may not fish at the meetings. These monthly events are a great way for local second amendment advocates to network, keep up-to-date on current legislation & litigation, and make new friends....
  • Holder: No apology for ‘Fast and Furious’ death of border patrol agent

    11/08/2011 9:52:47 AM PST · by martosko · 38 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 11/08/2011 | Matthew Boyle
    During a Tuesday Senate hearing, Attorney General Eric Holder refused to apologize to the family of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry, who was murdered last December with a gun “walked” to Mexico as part of Operation Fast and Furious.. Texas Republican Sen. John Cornyn asked Holder if he has apologized to Terry’s family for what happened to him because of the DOJ’s controversial program. Holder replied that he hasn’t. “I have not apologized to them, but I certainly regret what happened,” Holder said. Cornyn followed up, asking if Holder has “even talked to them.” “I have not,” Holder replied.
  • Banks to keep mum on guns in lobbies

    11/06/2011 11:45:05 AM PST · by rellimpank · 16 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | Paul Gores
    The sight of someone toting a gun into a bank might seem ominous, but Wisconsin banks aren't hurrying to post signs banning weapons from their branches. Most of the biggest banks doing business in the state say they don't intend to put up signs prohibiting weapons now that it has become legal for trained citizens to carry concealed firearms. A key reason: The difficulty of policing a ban on weapons among bank customers. "If you put up a sign, then you have to enforce it," said Neil Purtell, director of corporate security for Associated Bank. "And I really don't want...
  • Chris Rickert: Capitol's new debate: guns vs. cameras

    11/06/2011 10:50:24 AM PST · by rellimpank · 3 replies ^ | 06 nov 2011 | Chris Rickert
    Republicans had barely finished crafting rules for how the state's new concealed carry law would apply at state buildings when Democrats and others on the left started upbraiding them for the irony of allowing guns in the Capitol but not cameras or video recorders in the Assembly and Senate galleries. It was only a few months ago, after all, that metal detectors were installed to prevent nonviolent protesters from bringing in just such life-threatening weapons, and today a small group of hard-core protesters continues to get cited for nothing more life-threatening than recording their lawmakers from the gallery.
  • More than 20,000 concealed carry applications pour in this week (Wisconsin)

    11/05/2011 9:06:57 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 20 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 05 nov 2011 | Ben Poston
    The Wisconsin Department of Justice has received more than 20,000 concealed carry applications since the law took effect Tuesday. Data from the state Justice Department show that as of 4 p.m. Friday, 20,476 applications had been submitted. Of those, 879 concealed carry licenses had been approved and 793 had been printed. Also, 117 applications were rejected. Agency spokeswoman Dana Brueck said incomplete applicant data, insufficient training documentation or a missing payment are all reasons an application can be rejected. The state has 45 days to issue a license once a valid application is received. Brueck said the Justice Department is...
  • Police prepare as concealed carry begins in Wisconsin

    11/01/2011 6:46:02 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 14 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 01 nov 2011
    It may be Nov. 1, the first day of the state's new concealed-carry law, but if you pack heat in Wisconsin without a valid permit to carry, prepare to be arrested, police said Monday. "They would technically be in violation of the law," said Sgt. Joe Seitz, who is also a range master with the Milwaukee Police Department. "They would be guilty of a Class A misdemeanor, which is concealed carry weapon without a permit. So they would be arrested at that point. They'd be arrested for breaking the law." If you're a Wisconsin resident, it doesn't matter whether you...
  • Concealers can help keep our streets safe (barf alert)

    11/01/2011 6:37:10 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 9 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 01 nov 2011 | Alvaro Saar Rios
    To the local business owners of Milwaukee: It won't be long before more guns will be on our streets. Even though these weapons will be hidden, the people carrying them won't be criminals. OK, some might still be criminals, but some of these guns will be owned by the good citizens of Wisconsin who hold concealed weapons permits - or as I like to call them, "The Concealers." Truthfully, I used to think that having Concealers walking around our city like Wild West vigilantes was a bad thing. I used to think that citizens (other than police officers) who felt...
  • Sheriff: Time For Citizens To Arm Themselves

    10/31/2011 11:32:52 AM PDT · by rjsimmon · 40 replies
    WYFF ^ | October 31, 2011
    SPARTANBURG COUNTY, S.C. -- The Spartanburg County Sheriff is known for speaking his mind, and at a news conference on Monday, he didn't hold back his anger and frustration after a woman was attacked in a park over the weekend. Read more:
  • Questions and answers on Wisconsin's new law, going into effect Tuesday

    On Tuesday, Wisconsin becomes the 49th state in the nation to allow its residents to carry concealed weapons. But how do you get a license to carry concealed? What can you carry? And where? Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about Wisconsin's concealed-carry law and some pointers on where you can find more information:
  • Have Glock, Will Travel (New York Times Columnist Up in Arms)

    10/30/2011 7:12:56 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 58 replies
    New York Times ^ | 10/24/2011 | Frank Bruni
    New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey and several other states don’t have reciprocity arrangements that allow someone like Todd to pay an armed courtesy call. That’s because New York officials can deny concealed-carry permits on a case-by-case basis, whereas many other states — South Dakota, for example — don’t put much stock in such scrutiny. H.R. 822, now in the House Judiciary Committee, makes a mockery of our diverse values and strategies for public safety. If it were enacted, off to New York the South Dakotan tourist could go, 9-millimeter Glock in tow. That’s not liberty. More like lunacy.
  • Walker administration: Concealed guns allowed in Capitol, most state buildings

    10/28/2011 12:47:19 PM PDT · by rellimpank · 10 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | Jason Stein
    Madison - Whether in the state Capitol's great rotunda or the dull line at the Division of Motor Vehicles, the public will be able to carry concealed guns in most state buildings, under a policy announced Friday by Gov. Scott Walker's administration. Under the new rules taking effect Tuesday, most places in state buildings would be opened up to the concealed carry of weapons by those with the proper permits, though buildings that house criminals and mental patients will remain off-limits. With a new law allowing residents to seek concealed weapons permits starting next week, officials had to decide whether...
  • Soglin’s approach to concealed-carry challenge is professional, thorough (Wisconsin barf alert)

    10/28/2011 12:41:54 PM PDT · by rellimpank · 4 replies
    Capital Times ^ | 28 oct 2011
    Madison Mayor Paul Soglin has fought gun-control battles in the past, often on principle but not always with success. His experience shows as he responds now to Wisconsin’s new concealed-carry law, which goes into effect Nov. 1. Soglin and city staffers have developed guidelines and restrictions for the possession of firearms in city buildings, on city property and on city
  • Don't hide concealed gun stats

    10/24/2011 4:30:32 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 16 replies ^ | 24 oct 2011
    Gunfire won't erupt across Wisconsin on Nov. 1 when our state becomes one of the last in the nation to allow concealed handguns. Nor will Wisconsin's crime rate plunge because of ordinary people packing heat and intervening to stop bank robberies and muggings. Both sides in the long and tiring debate over concealed guns in Wisconsin have offered exaggerated arguments and predictions about Wisconsin's more heavily-armed future. Nonetheless, our state should track and strive to gauge what, if any, impact occurs — even if that means the Wisconsin Legislature must insert permission for such analysis into the new law. Too...
  • Shotguns, Buckshot, and SHTF

    10/23/2011 9:17:13 AM PDT · by marktwain · 77 replies · 1+ views
    Marktwain | 23 October, 2011 | Marktwain
    Shotguns, buckshot, SHTF With all of the insane government spending going on, and the potential of nasty inflation hitting soon, I have been looking for things to buy that have utility, trading value, and long term storage life. I have been heavily involved in the gun culture, grew up in it, studied it, and have been a professional for the last 16 years. Almost everyone has a shotgun. Usually it is a 12 gauge, although there are plenty of 20, 16, and 410 shotguns out there. Most people have a box or two of bird shot. They might have a...
  • Plain Talk: Hoisting one for concealed carry (Wisconsin barf alert)

    10/22/2011 5:54:27 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 8 replies ^ | 22 oct 2011 | Dave Zweifel
    . Could this be a precursor of what lies ahead for Wisconsin? The Knoxville (Tenn.) News Sentinel ran a story last week that began: “The sponsor of the law that made it legal to carry a gun into bars in Tennessee is facing charges of possession while under the influence and drunken driving.” It continued: “Rep. Curry Todd, a Collierville Republican, was pulled over in Nashville, according to court documents. Police said he failed a roadside sobriety test and refused to take a Breathalyzer test. A loaded .38-caliber gun was found in a holster stuffed between the driver’s seat and...
  • Stop the assault on Nevada’s right to enforce its own gun laws (barf alert)

    10/22/2011 4:40:43 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 34 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | 22 oct 2011 | Daniel Vice
    In an unprecedented assault on states’ rights and our ability to keep our communities safe, the gun lobby is pushing dangerous federal legislation to override Nevada’s gun laws. The National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act, more accurately called the Packing Heat on Your Street Act, would allow out-of-state visitors to carry loaded, concealed handguns even if these folks would be violating Nevada law. Nevada residents, on the other hand, would be subject to a different, tougher set of standards for carrying concealed weapons. Even the NRA has admitted that this is a full-on attack against the very notion that states may set...
  • Van Hollen says 25 states' conceal carry licenses to be recognized (Wisconsin)

    10/21/2011 6:27:43 PM PDT · by rellimpank · 34 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 21 oct 2011 | Bruce Vielmetti
    Gun owners with permits from 25 states, Puerto Rico or the U.S. Virgin Islands will be able to carry their weapons concealed in Wisconsin next month. The reciprocity list was announced late Thursday by Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen along with an updated set of frequently asked questions at the new concealed carry law set to take effect Nov. 1. "This newly created page provides important updates, including a link to the emergency rules, application and training requirements information, and a model certificate to serve as a guide for instructors providing students with proof of training. Permit application...
  • Long-gun registry to be shot down Thursday (Canada, House of Commons)

    10/19/2011 9:16:55 PM PDT · by Clive · 15 replies
    QMI Agency via Sun Media ^ | 2011-10-20 | Bryn Weese
    OTTAWA -- The feds are taking aim at the controversial long-gun registry Thursday when they are expected to table a bill to scrap it. The bill is expected to pass easily in the Conservative majority Parliament. According to Sara MacIntyre, a spokeswoman for the Prime Minister, this bill is a "priority" for the government. "It is one of our commitments. It is something we're moving forward on," MacIntyre said Wednesday. "It's a priority piece of legislation." While the order paper notice only hints at amendments to the Firearms Act, a source close to the file told QMI Agency the bill...
  • Liberal Courts Still Gunning Against Second Amendment Rights

    10/19/2011 2:05:40 PM PDT · by neverdem · 14 replies
    Forbes ^ | 10/18/2011 | Larry Bell
    Does the Second Amendment right to bear arms for self-defense extend outside the doorway of our homes? Well, no — at least not according to rulings of judges in California, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York and Virginia. Although 40 states currently mandate that permits shall be granted to allow all competent, law-abiding adults who seek them... --snip-- On the other hand, it is certainly true that gun-rights advocates do assert a constitutionally sanctioned privilege for responsible, law-abiding citizens to protect themselves outside their homes, and that the vast majority of state governments agree. To resolve any lingering doubt, the National...
  • Badger Guns to surrender license

    10/19/2011 4:57:55 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 6 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 19 oct 2011 | John Deidrich
    A West Milwaukee gun shop that sold firearms used to wound Milwaukee police officers and has been a top seller of crime guns is surrendering its license. But guns will likely continue to be sold from the location now occupied by Badger Guns on S. 43rd St., on the border with Milwaukee. Details of that new gun-dealing operation are not clear, but one possibility is that the brother of the current owner will pull a fresh license and continue an operation with a new name - legal under laws written by Congress that can protect stores that have violations. Badger...
  • Submachine Guns, Pistols Stolen From LAPD SWAT Training Site

    10/17/2011 10:12:08 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 57 replies
    CBS) ^ | October 17, 2011 9:20 AM | Pete Demetriou
    Two separate investigations are underway Monday after multiple submachine guns and pistols used for SWAT training by the LAPD were found missing. KNX 1070′s Pete Demetriou reports the weapons were stolen from a building owned and used specifically for training by the LAPD. The 21 MP-5 submachine guns and a dozen Colt 45 automatic pistols were taken from a locked container inside the Kennedy Building on San Pedro Street, police officials said. The location — which formerly housed clothing firms before it was donated to the LAPD several years ago — is considered a secure site, Deputy Chief Michael Downing...
  • Helena shooting victim had just filed for divorce, sought protection from wife

    10/15/2011 7:26:24 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 24 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct. 14, 2011
    HELENA - A Helena man who was shot to death Thursday morning was denied an order of protection last month and filed for divorce two days before his estranged wife was charged with killing him. The Independent Record reports 48-year-old Joseph Andrew Gable asked District Judge Dorothy McCarter for a temporary order of protection from Michelle Coller Gable on Sept. 20, alleging she was stalking him.
  • Walker OKs 4 hours' training for concealed carry permit (Wisconsin)

    10/15/2011 4:39:55 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 33 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 15 oct 2011 | Patrick Marley
    Gov. Scott Walker signed off on temporary rules Friday that would require people to get at least four hours of training before they would qualify for a permit allowing them to carry concealed weapons. But Walker wants the four-hour requirement removed when permanent rules are written in the coming months because he believes different people need different levels of training, his spokesman said. The most vocal opponent of the four-hour requirement has been the National Rifle Association, which criticized Republican Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen last week for how he wrote the rule. Others argue four hours is too little...
  • City Council prepares to limit where guns can be carried in Madison

    10/15/2011 4:32:26 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 18 replies ^ | 15 oct 2011 | Dan Simmons
    People caught carrying guns in Madison where a property owner has banned them would be fined $500 plus court costs for a first offense and $750 for a second offense under a set of proposed new ordinances to be considered by the City Council next Tuesday. The ordinances were unanimously green-lighted by the city's public safety committee at a Thursday meeting and come just before the state's concealed carry law takes effect on Nov. 1. "This is allowing the city to do as much as it legally can," said Ald. Paul Skidmore, 9th District, a sponsor of the ordinances and...
  • Concealed carry won’t be allowed on Metro buses (Wisconsin)

    10/13/2011 4:44:38 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 16 replies
    Wisconsin’s new concealed carry law should not affect Metro Transit’s policy prohibiting guns on city buses, an assistant city attorney said Wednesday. “We don’t believe the new law affects buses,” said Marci Paulsen. “The municipalities that we’ve heard from are in agreement that it doesn’t impact buses,” Paulsen said. She said Eau Claire and De Pere were the municipalities she was aware of that were in agreement. Read more: