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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.