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  • IL: State Police Change Rules on Concealed Carry License

    07/19/2014 1:23:45 PM PDT · by marktwain · 11 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 18 July, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    The Illinois State Police have come under a lot of pressure as the magnitude of the lawsuits they are facing under the Concealed Carry License procedures has become known.†† Even the old media in Illinois has been complaining that the procedures are secret, people are not told why they were denied, and this is not following due process.††† There are hundreds of lawsuits pending. They have decided to modify the process. † They issued a press release about† emergency rules on July 14th. † According to In a memo, the State Police Director Hiram Grau cites these lawsuits...
  • Meet the honest 27 year old single mom from PA who faces 3 years in a New Jersey prison

    07/16/2014 10:24:31 AM PDT · by marktwain · 101 replies
    wyblog ^ | 12 July, 2014 | Chris Wysoki
    Meet the honest 27 year old single mom from PA who faces 3 years in a New Jersey prison Shaneen Allen is no dangerous criminal. She's a single mom working 2 jobs who's already been robbed twice while traveling alone at night in Philadelphia. Her family suggested that she carry a gun for protection. She took a gun safety course, applied for and was granted a concealed carry permit, and bought a gun. Then she made the mistake of driving into New Jersey. Now she's going to prison. Allen said that she didn't know her permit didn't apply to New...
  • Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson's gun control proposals due Wednesday

    07/14/2014 4:06:36 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    WKSU-FM A Service of Kent State University ^ | July 13, 2014 | Kabir Bhatia
    Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson is proposing several pieces of gun control legislation this Wednesday to City Council. And as WKSUís Kabir Bhatia reports, people on both sides of the issue were in Public Square over the weekend. Mayor Jacksonís proposals include a registry for anyone convicted of gun offenses, as well as prohibitions and regulations related to the sale of firearms. Jonathan OíConnor is with grassroots group Ohio Carry, based in Columbus. He was among the roughly 60 people milling around in Public Square Sunday afternoon, some with handguns holstered openly at their waists or assault weapons slung over their...
  • WI: Concealed Carry Permit Holder Shoots Accused Robber, Carjacker

    07/13/2014 2:18:30 PM PDT · by marktwain · 13 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 13 July, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    In Milwaukee, ,a woman with a concealed carry permit shot a would be robber who had been released after being accused of shooting a man in the face during an attempted car-jacking the day before. † The potentially impressive criminal career has probably ended, as the suspect is now paralyzed and in the hospital.†† He is 15 years old.†† From Police said a woman the 15-year-old tried to rob near 14th and Olive streets the day after the Motley carjacking, pulled a gun on him.Motley and his wife said the victim had a conceal carry permit and shot...
  • OH: 71-Year-Old CCW Holder Stops Domestic Murder

    07/10/2014 7:24:27 AM PDT · by marktwain · 22 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 10 July, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Jerold Evans, 19, was upset with his ex-girlfriend.¬† He apparently decided that the way to end his negative emotion was to use a .45 on her.¬†¬† He did not count on a member of the gun culture being on hand and intervening.¬†¬† Bobby Howard, 71, had a concealed carry permit, a handgun, and the will to use it.¬†¬† As Evans menaced his Ex with the loaded .45, Mr. Howard assessed the situation, drew his weapon, and stopped the threat.¬†¬† From the Toledo Blade: Owner of Howard¬Ďs‚Äć, Bobby Howard, 71, shot Jerold Evans, 19, inside the store at about 11:15...
  • Target 'Respectfully' Asks Law-Abiding Citizens to Leave Guns at Home

    07/02/2014 1:36:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 81 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | July 2, 2014 | AWR Hawkins
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)On July 2nd, Target "respectfully" asked law-abiding citizens to "not bring firearms" in their stores. The department store chain did this via an announcement posted on its website and shared by interim CEO John Mulligan. The announcement says: As you've likely seen in the media, there's been a debate about whether guests in communities that permit "open carry" should be allowed to bring firearms into Target stores. Our approach has always been to follow local laws, and of course, we will continue to do so. But starting today we will respectfully request that guests not bring firearms to Target--even in...
  • Ohio AG DeWine washes hands of responsibility to address Ďdouble tappingí cops

    06/21/2014 5:37:11 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 12 replies
    Examiner via Westernrifleshooters ^ | 6/18/14 | David Codrea
    The office of Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine evidently doesn't care that police who are ignorant or contemptuous of the law pose a well-documented danger to open carriers. The office of Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has responded to Gun Rights Examinerís concerns that police comments about ďdouble tappingĒ open carriers show a dangerous disregard for state law, and unsurprisingly, has decided to do nothing about it other than have a proxy deny responsibility and punt the ball to state representatives.
  • Louisiana; Last State to Remove Ban on Legal Gun Carriers Eating in Some Restaurants

    05/17/2014 3:17:35 AM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 16 May, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    It appears that Louisiana will be the last state to allow people with gun permits to eat in the same restaurants as less law abiding members of society.† New York, California, and Massachusetts, those staunch promoters of restrictive firearms law, have never barred the practice, nor have they had any of the problems imaginatively projected for southern states that have recently reformed their law, such as North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia. The states show considerable variation in those laws.† Laws in highly restrictive states, such as New York and New Jersey, do not have any restriction on permit...
  • Family of Dead Armed Robber Speaks Out Against CCP Holder Who Shot Him & Calls For Stricter Gun Laws

    05/07/2014 3:16:38 PM PDT · by Drew68 · 96 replies
    Guns Saves Lives ^ | 03 May 14 | Dan Cannon
    The family of an armed robber is speaking out after surveillance video was released of their family member committing an armed robbery. On the video Dante Williams is clearly seen entering a South Carolina Waffle House, pointing a gun at employees and customers and attempting to rob the restaurant. Justin Harrison was eating at the bar. Harrison, a concealed carry permit holder, was armed. He waited for an opportunity, shot Williams, and attempted to detain the second suspect. The family of Williams says that Harrison didnít need to shoot and shouldnít have felt threatened. They want to change South Carolinaís...
  • Supreme Court denies potential major guns rights case (no right to carry outside home)

    05/06/2014 3:50:51 AM PDT · by Erik Latranyi · 44 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 5 May 2014 | Scott Bomboy
    The United States Supreme Court said on Monday morning it will not consider a case that would define rights related to concealed gun permits in New Jersey and potentially across the country. .. View photo .750px-Supreme_Court_Front_DuskThe denial was first reported by SCOTUSblog, which received a printed version of the court orders before they were posted online. (At 9:50 am ET, the Courtís official orders were posted on its website.) The case of Drake v. Jerejian was heard in private conference by the nine Justices recently. Orders were issued today and the Drake case was listed among those cases denied by...
  • In California, a Fevered Rush for Gun Permits

    04/27/2014 11:19:16 AM PDT · by Theoria · 11 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 26 April 2014 | ADAM NAGOURNEY
    Pete Alexander celebrated the news that a federal court in California had thrown out this stateís strict requirements for obtaining a concealed-handgun permit ó among the toughest in the nation ó by calling the Orange County Sheriffís Department to apply for a permit he had long wanted. ďIím a gun enthusiast,Ē said Mr. Alexander, a construction contractor who lives in Fullerton. ďCrime is encroaching on our neighborhood, and I donít feel as safe as I used to. This is adding to the police force.Ē Mr. Alexander turned out to be the beginning of a flood. In the two months since...
  • Gun Carrying Group May Not Be Only Ones Affected By Arlington Bans

    04/25/2014 2:09:52 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    KTVT-TV ^ | April 23, 2014
    One story reported on CBSDFW.COM has a lot of people talking. It started with Tuesday nightís vote on an ordinance by the Arlington City Council to ban guns and concealed weapons at public meetings. Members of the gun rights group Open Carry Tarrant County believe they are the ones being targeted, but they may not be the only ones affected by ordinance changes. A second Arlington ban could put heavy restrictions on handing out pamphlets. Weíve all seen them from time-to-time Ė groups trying to push their cause, including gun rights advocates. Now some leaders in Arlington say the approach...
  • Up in Arms: Georgia Governor To Sign Controversial Gun Bill Wednesday

    04/23/2014 8:03:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    NBC News ^ | April 22, 2013 | Gabe Gutierrez
    ATLANTA Ė Its official name is the ďSafe Carry Protection Act.Ē But critics are calling it the ďGuns Everywhere Bill.Ē At noon Wednesday, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal is scheduled to sign the sweeping legislation into law. One of the most permissive state gun laws in the nation, it will allow licensed owners to carry firearms into more public places than at any time in the past century, including churches, bars and government buildings that don't have security checkpoints. The law also authorizes school districts to appoint staffers to carry firearms. It allows churches to "opt-in" if they want to allow...
  • AZ:Governor Brewer Signs Concealed Carry Permit Reform

    04/18/2014 2:25:56 PM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 19 April, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed HB 2103 yesterday, the 17th of April, 2014.¬† The bill reforms concealed carry permit qualifications in the state, allowing people with military service to obtain a permit at 19 years of age.¬† From E. The department of public safety shall issue a permit to an applicant who meets all of the following conditions: 1. Is a resident of this state or a United States citizen. 2.¬†¬†Is twenty‚ÄĎone years of age or older or is at least nineteen years of age and provides evidence of current military service or proof of honorable discharge or...
  • Florida House bill would allow carrying guns without a permit during riots

    04/09/2014 9:09:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Tampa Bay Times ^ | April 9, 2014 | Michael Van Sickler
    TALLAHASSEE ó Under a bill backed by the National Rifle Association and other gun groups, riots could be the newest safe haven for those carrying firearms without a permit. HB 209, which is expected to be voted on Friday by the Florida House, would allow people with clean criminal backgrounds to conceal firearms without a permit during emergencies ó including riots and civil unrest like the 1996 racial disturbances that rocked St. Petersburg ó declared by the governor or local officials. "To allow people to go into a riot while concealing a gun without a permit is the definition of...
  • NM:Legal Immigrants Have Same Right to Concealed Carry Permit as Citizens

    04/07/2014 8:53:52 AM PDT · by marktwain · 9 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 4 April, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    On 31 March, the U.S. District Court for New Mexico ruled that legal immigrants have the same right to obtain a concealed carry permit as citizens.†† The equal protection clause mandates that legally residing residents be treated the same under the law.† From BELLEVUE, WA Ė The chief U.S. District Court judge in New Mexico today granted a permanent injunction against the State of New Mexicoís ďcitizens onlyĒ concealed carry law that unfairly discriminated against permanent legal resident aliens in a case brought by the Second Amendment Foundation. The Second Amendment Foundation backed the lawsuit† From the Washington...
  • Trayvon Martin and the Flat Earth Society

    03/31/2014 5:02:39 AM PDT · by rktman · 27 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 3/31/2014 | Ben Cohen
    TV journalist Lisa Bloom has just written a book about the Trayvon Martin case. Curious to find out more, I watched her interview with Cenk Uygur of ďThe Young Turks.Ē She started out by explaining that she wrote the book to demonstrate Zimmermanís guilt, and show that the jury got it wrong. Instead of presenting new evidence, or a more compelling interpretation, she ignored exculpatory evidence, mangled the facts, made bogus inferences, and omitted much..
  • WI:Maintenance worker who shot teens has concealed carry permit

    03/17/2014 8:58:29 PM PDT · by marktwain · 37 replies ^ | 13 March, 2014 | Jenna Sachs, Bret Lemoine
    MILWAUKEE (WITI) ó FOX6 News is learning more after two teens were shot to death on Milwaukeeís north side on Wednesday afternoon, March 12th. Milwaukee police say a 39-year-old maintenance worker is in custody at the Milwaukee County Jail in connection with the shooting. But could this be a case of self-defense? A 19-year-old man and a 17-year-old girl were shot and killed in an apartment building near 27th and Vliet on Wednesday afternoon. The shooting reportedly occurred after some sort of argument. Milwaukee police on Thursday identified the 19-year-old and 17-year-old. The 19-year-old is identified as James Bell, Jr....
  • Senator Larry Martin, South Carolina

    03/04/2014 12:00:11 PM PST · by servo1969 · 5 replies ^ | 3-3-2014 | Herschel Smith
    Senator Larry Martin was responsible for heading the effort to kill the legislative efforts in support of open carry in South Carolina. During this effort, he said the following. ďIf the 2nd amendment has been as you interpret it, why hasnít SC law reflected that for the last 140 years? Iím sorry but you are describing an Ďunlimitedí right that has never been the case with the 2nd Amendment. My view of the 2nd Amendment has always been the right to own guns and keep them in our homes, business, and property and not to wear a gun whenever to...
  • SD Sheriff Gore Announce County Will NOT Appeal Peruta Verdit

    02/21/2014 6:18:49 PM PST · by RKV · 21 replies
    San Diego County Sheriff ^ | 2/21/2014 | Sheriff Gore
    Dear Supervisors: On Thursday February 13, 2014, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued an opinion in the case of Peruta, v. County of San Diego, concluding that the State of California's requirement of "good cause," in cases where an applicant wants a firearm for personal protection, impermissibly infringes on the Second Amendment right to bear arms in lawful self-defense. In its opinion, the Ninth Circuit defined the issue on appeal as "whether a responsible, law-abiding citizen has a right under the Second Amendment to carry a firearm in public for self-defense." In so doing, the Ninth Circuit...
  • Richland Medical Marijuana Patient Denied Concealed Pistol License [WA]

    02/21/2014 9:44:37 PM PST · by steve86 · 77 replies
    KNDU/KNDO ^ | Friday, February 21, 2014 | Michelle McNiel and Dee Riggs
    RICHLAND, WA-- A Richland medical marijuana patient recently applied for a Concealed Pistol License, but was denied by police. Medical marijuana is legal under Washington state law, but the federal government won't make an exception for that when it comes to getting a Concealed Pistol License. Richland police sent the medical marijuana patient a letter stating that federal law prohibits anyone who uses a controlled substance from "shipping, transporting, receiving or possessing firearms or ammunition." And even if marijuana is legal here, it's still illegal at the federal level. When anyone applies for a concealed weapons permit with Richland police,...
  • Detroit police chief: Armed citizens can make city safer

    02/20/2014 4:01:20 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 18 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 2, 2014 | Jessica Chasmar
    Detroit's police chief is sticking to his guns after being criticized for supporting citizens to arm themselves. Police Chief James Craig responded Thursday to a Detroit resident who challenged his pro-gun stance. Mr. Craig made national news earlier this month after he said armed citizens could serve as a deterrent to criminals, The Detroit News reported. ďComing from California, where it takes an act of Congress to get a concealed weapon permit, I got to Maine, where they give out lots of CCWs (carrying concealed weapon permits), and I had a stack of CCW permits I was denying; that was...
  • Gun Ownership By Women Is Booming

    02/17/2014 6:48:09 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    The Inquisitr ^ | February 16, 2014 | Staff
    Women gun owners are becoming a significant constituency in America. As The Inquisitr previously reported, the number of women participating in gun sports, such as target shooting and hunting, has steadily increased over the last decade. Estimates of the number of US women who are purchasing and learning how to use guns range from 12 million to 17 million. The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) claims that women are the fastest growing demographic of firearms enthusiasts. This growth is occurring perhaps because of, or despite, controversial efforts at the federal and state level to enact additional gun control regulations. CNN...
  • An Open Letter to the Men and Women of the Connecticut State Police

    02/16/2014 10:59:04 PM PST · by Altariel · 55 replies
    Sipsey Street Irregulars ^ | February 15, 2014 | Mike Vanderboegh
    An Open Letter to the Men and Women of the Connecticut State Police: You are NOT the enemy (UNLESS YOU CHOOSE TO BE.) The following letter was sent via email to members of the Connecticut State Police, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection. There are 1,212 email addresses on the list. There were 62 bounce-backs. 15 February 2014 To the men and women of the Connecticut State Police and the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection: My name is Mike Vanderboegh. Few of you will know who I am, or even will have heard of the Three Percent...
  • Achieved My Illinois CCW Firearms Certification Today

    02/16/2014 4:06:38 PM PST · by usconservative · 52 replies
    Self ^ | Feb. 15th 2014 | USConservative
    In Illinois, we're required to have 16 hours Classroom and Firearms training in order to achieve Certification, required to apply for an receive a Conceal/Carry Weapons permit. Today my wife and I completed my training by achieving my Firearms Certification, scoring 100% on the firearms portion of the test. All shots center mass / kill shots. Upon getting home this afternoon, we scanned in our Certification paperwork and uploaded to the Illinois State Police, completing filing of our CCW Permits.
  • Ninth Circuit strikes Californiaís restrictive rule against licensed carry of handguns

    02/13/2014 6:24:25 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 22 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 2/13/2014 | David Kopel
    The Ninth Circuitís decision in Peruta v. San Diego, released minutes ago, affirms the right of law-abiding citizens to carry handguns for lawful protection in public. California law has a process for applying for a permit to carry a handgun for protection in public, with requirements for safety training, a background check, and so on. These requirements were not challenged. The statute also requires that the applicant have ďgood cause,Ē which was interpreted by San Diego County to mean that the applicant is faced with current specific threats. (Not all California counties have this narrow interpretation.) The Ninth Circuit, in...
  • Ninth Circuit: The Second Amendment guarantees the right to carry a gun in public

    02/13/2014 2:27:31 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 108 replies
    Hot Air ^ | February 13, 2014 | Allahpundit
    Via Gabe Malor, whoís already found the tastiest chestnuts in the opinion. The novelty here isnít the ruling itself but the court issuing it. Itís the Ninth Circuit, which has jurisdiction over the west coast and typically leans left thanks to liberal all-stars like Stephen Reinhardt. (He wasnít part of the panel that heard this one, thankfully.) With todayís ruling, the Ninth joins the Seventh in holding that the Second Amendment, just as it says, includes a right to ďbearĒ arms. States can regulate that right but they canít ban it altogether. Three other federal appellate courts have ruled the...
  • Court strikes California law limiting concealed weapons

    02/13/2014 11:24:30 AM PST · by KneelBeforeZod · 51 replies ^ | thursday, February 13, 2014 | Bob Egelko
    California must allow law-abiding citizens to carry concealed firearms in public, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday, striking down the core of the state's permit system for handguns. In a 2-1 decision, the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco said San Diego County violates the Constitution's Second Amendment by requiring residents to show "good cause" - and not merely the desire to protect themselves - to obtain a concealed-weapons permit. State law requires applicants to demonstrate good cause, as well as good moral character, to carry concealed handguns, while leaving the permit process up to each city...
  • SC Gov. Haley says she backs carrying firearms without permits, training

    02/12/2014 6:57:28 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    The State ^ | February 11, 2014 | Jamie Self
    COLUMBIA, SC ó S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley said Tuesday that she backs a proposal that would make it legal for most South Carolinians to carry guns Ė concealed or in the open Ė without a permit or the training that the state currently requires. Haley made her comments after she signed into law a bill that allows gun owners with licenses to carry concealed weapons into businesses that serve alcohol Ė restaurants and bars Ė as long as they do not drink alcohol and the businesses did not bar guns. After signing the restaurant and bar bill, Haley said she...
  • GA: Weapons Law Reform Passes Committee (HB 875)

    02/08/2014 7:27:14 AM PST · by marktwain · 2 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 9 February, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Georgia's Public Safety and Homeland Security committee has passed HB 875,† a reform of the state's weapon laws. †† The bill has been characterized by as removing restrictions on the legal carry of guns in "bars, churches, and some government buildings."†† College students who have a permit to carry a weapon, and who violate the ban on carrying on campus, would have the penalty for doing so reduced to a maximum fine of $100.† From The billís sponsor, Rep. Rick Jasperse, R-Jasper, said college students have Second Amendment rights, too. However, the bill reforms Georgia weapons law...
  • Iowa Carry and Pistol Purchase Permits Online

    02/07/2014 3:58:02 PM PST · by marktwain · 10 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 8 February, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Starting on 5 February, 2014, the Scott County, Iowa† Sheriff's Department has instituted an innovative and convenient way for Iowa residents to obtain their firearms carry permit or pistol purchase permit.†† Under Iowa law, a person must have a permit to carry a firearm before they can carry one, either openly or concealed.†† They are also required to obtain a permit to purchase a pistol before purchasing one, either from a dealer or privately.† While these requirements are a little unusual (most states do not require a permit to carry firearms openly, and only a few require a permit...
  • Colorado Concealed Carry Renewal Reform

    02/07/2014 6:22:05 AM PST · by marktwain · 1 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 8 February, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    A small but significant reform has made it out of committee in Colorado.† In many states, in order to pass† "shall issue" concealed carry permit laws, irrational restrictions were included in the law to obtain the votes necessary.†† Colorado was one of these states.†† In Colorado, once you had obtained a permit to carry a gun under your coat or in a pocket, you could only renew your permit in the county where you originally applied for the permit.† If you changed your residence from Moffat county in the northwest, to Baca county in the southeast, you would have...
  • Police object to fraction of gun-carry permits under Illinois conceal carry (99.3% approved)

    02/04/2014 7:09:13 AM PST · by marktwain · 9 replies ^ | 31 January, 2014 | AP
    January 31, 2014 (CHICAGO) -- Police across Illinois have objected to just 236 applications from people seeking to carry concealed weapons out of 33,631 submitted to the state police.
  • Ohio concealed-carry for teachers advances

    02/02/2014 4:38:42 PM PST · by marktwain · 6 replies ^ | 23 January, 2014 | JIM PROVANCE BLADE
    COLUMBUS ó School districts that designate teachers and other personnel to carry hidden firearms must undergo pretraining and a psychological assessment after the fact if they use the weapon under a bill that passed the House with bipartisan support Wednesday. But opponents objected to provisions to take the issue off the collective bargaining table and questioned the wisdom of arming teachers in classrooms. ď[House Bill 8] does not arm employees,Ē the billís chief sponsor, Kristina Roegner (R., Hudson), said. ďCurrent law allows that to happen.Ē The bill would add off-duty law officers to those exempted from a ban on carrying...
  • Idaho could be next state to allow guns on campus

    02/02/2014 1:10:46 PM PST · by marktwain · 2 replies
    AP ^ | 28 January, 2014 | NA
    Idaho would join a handful of states that allow students, teachers and others to bring guns to class under a measure resurrected by gun advocates in the Legislature on Monday.
  • Robber with fake gun shot by victim with CCW permit

    01/27/2014 2:57:04 PM PST · by marktwain · 13 replies ^ | 20 January, 2014 | Chris Zoladz
    GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- A man who tried to rob someone with a fake gun is in the hospital after he was shot by his intended victim (snip) But as he did, the suspect began yelling and aimed the gun at the car. The driver, who has a concealed weapons permit, pulled his gun and fired at the suspect, hitting him once in the chest.
  • Restaurant Carry (with permit) Coming to South Carolina

    01/25/2014 5:58:17 AM PST · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 25 January, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Map courtesy of †It appears that people with concealed weapon permits in South Carolina will now have an easier time of finding a place to have dinner.† South Carolina is just a signature away from joining the vast majority of states that do not prevent people with gun permits from bringing their personal defensive firearms into restaurants that serve alcohol.† The legislation prohibits people carrying legal weapons from consuming alcohol in the establishments.† Governor Nikki Haley seems likely to sign the bill, which passed the house with an overwhelming 90 to 18 majority.† From The Houseís 90-18...
  • Newspaper chain plans 'state-by-state' concealed weapon databases

    01/24/2014 1:01:03 PM PST · by Timber Rattler · 23 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 24, 2014 | Joshua Rhett Miller
    A national newspaper chain with nearly 100 publications and 1.6 million readers is considering building ďstate-by-state databasesĒ on concealed weapons permit holders, according to an internal e-mail. The plan, laid out in an email from a top editor at North Carolina-based Civitas Media, could be similar to a controversial project a New York state newspaper carried out in 2012 which included an online map that identified gun owners in two counties by name and address. Civitas' database project was detailed the plan in a Jan. 19 e-mail to newsrooms in 11 states, including Ohio, Illinois and Pennsylvania.
  • Robber with fake gun shot by victim with CCW permit

    01/24/2014 9:13:20 AM PST · by Paul46360 · 23 replies
    WZZM TV ^ | 1-20-14
    "GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- A man who tried to rob someone with a fake gun is in the hospital after he was shot by his intended victim."
  • Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act has Wicker, Cochran Support

    01/23/2014 7:03:55 PM PST · by marktwain · 31 replies ^ | 21 January, 2014 | NA
    WASHINGTON Ė U.S. Senators Roger Wicker, R-Miss., and Thad Cochran, R-Miss., are backing legislation that would allow persons with state-issued conceal carry permits to use them in other states with conceal carry laws. The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2014 (S.1908) is intended to defend the Second Amendment rights of individuals with conceal carry permits, allowing them to carry those privileges from their home state to other states that also have conceal carry laws. ďI am strongly committed to upholding Americansí constitutional right to keep and bear arms,Ē Wicker said. ďThis legislation would ensure this right is not limited to...
  • VA:Virginia Lawmakers Pass Concealed Weapons and Gun Muffler Reform, Resist Police Pressure

    01/20/2014 9:52:08 AM PST · by marktwain · 13 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 21 January, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Use of Silencers is encouraged in Europe Photo Courtesy Gun World Virginia lawmakers chose to reform the state's gun laws in spite of pressure by police agencies to keep restrictive measures in place.†† HB878† reforms an antique law that gives local police a veto over obtaining federal permits for gun mufflers, short barreled rifles and shotguns, automatic firearms and destructive devices.† Because of a controversial vote in 1986, the existing privately owned stock of automatic firearms was frozen, creating an artificial shortage that resulted in skyrocketing prices for legal automatic firearms.† The cheapest automatic firearms available to collectors are...
  • Utah: Concealed Carry in Schools; Zero School Shootings. Coincidence?

    01/18/2014 6:59:32 AM PST · by marktwain · 10 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 19 January, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    In western states, "school shooter" has a different meaning.† Many schools have rifle teams There are many likely contributors to the fact that Utah has zero school-related shootings.†† Utah is one of the states that has the least restrictions on second amendment rights in the nation.†† It is one of the few that do not forbid concealed carry permit holders from carrying their personal defensive firearms in schools.†† Utah has very little crime, with one of the lowest homicide rates in the country.† As stated in this article from, the odds that when you are in Utah,† someone...
  • AL: Customer Defends Self and Others from Threatened Mass Murder

    01/17/2014 9:44:34 AM PST · by marktwain · 39 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 18 January, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    An armed aggressor herding people into a back room is always a bad sign.† It often precedes a mass murder.† From the Dallas County Sheriff Harris Huffman said the incident appeared to be a case of self-defense and no one has been arrested in connection with the shooting Thursday afternoon. The incident occurred when Dallas County resident Kevin Mclaughlin entered Dollar General reportedly waving a pistol in the air, Huffman said. Mclaughlin then ushered a group of people inside the store into a break room. One customer showed good situational awareness, and was able to escape out the...
  • Jackson: Gun owner unarmed, unwelcome in Maryland

    01/14/2014 5:49:44 PM PST · by servo1969 · 104 replies
    The Tampa Tribune ^ | 1-14-2014 | Tom Jackson
    John Filippidis, silver-haired family man, business owner, employer and taxpayer, is also licensed to carry a concealed firearm. Heíd rather he didnít feel the need, ďbut things arenít like they used to be. The break-ins, the burglaries, all the crime. And I carry cash a lot of the time. Iím constantly going to the bank. ďI wanted to be able to defend my family, my household and the ground Iím standing on. But Iím not looking for any trouble.Ē Filippidis keeps his gun ó a palm-sized Kel-Tec .38 semiautomatic, barely larger than a smartphone in a protective case ó in...
  • Keeping Public Buildings Free of Guns Proves Too Costly for Kansas Towns

    01/12/2014 10:07:22 AM PST · by Theoria · 12 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 11 Jan 2014 | STEVEN YACCINO
    Reasoning that more guns mean greater safety, Kansas lawmakers voted last year to require cities and counties to make public buildings accessible to people legally carrying concealed weapons. But for communities that remained wary of such open access to city halls, libraries, museums and courthouses, the Legislature provided an exemption: Guns can be banned as long as local governments pay for protections like metal detectors and security guards, ensuring the safety of those they have disarmed. It turns out that in Wichita, the stateís most populous city, and in some other towns, the cost of opting out before the Jan....
  • Your Favorite Article of Concealed Carry Clothing?

    01/10/2014 6:58:58 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 94 replies
    myself ^ | 1-10-14 | TZ
    What's your favorite CCW wear and why?
  • Wisconsin CCW Holder First to be Convicted of Homicide

    01/10/2014 3:35:13 AM PST · by marktwain · 24 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 10 January, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    A jury convicted Philip K. Green, 40, of reckless homicide.† Green had a CCW permit, and called the police after the shooting.†† Green knew the man he shot, and had gone to several bars with him and two others.† This is the first homicide conviction for a Wisconsin resident with a CCW permit.† The permit system has been in place for over 2 years, with over 200,000 permits issued.† If we assume an average of 100,000 permits per year, then the rate of convictions for CCW holders in Wisconsin becomes .5/100,000 with this conviction.† That is about 1/10th of the...
  • New Study Demolishes Almost Every Gun Control Myth

    01/05/2014 9:24:00 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Mediaite ^ | January 3, 2014 | Noah Rothman
    A study published in the latest issue of the academic journal Applied Economics Letters took on many of the claims made regularly by advocates of stricter gun laws. The study determined that nearly every claim made in support of stronger restrictions on gun ownership is not supported by an exhaustive analysis of crime statistics. The study, ďAn examination of the effects of concealed weapons laws and assault weapons bans on state-level murder rates,Ē conducted by Quinnipiac University economist Mark Gius, examined nearly 30 years of statistics and concluded that stricter gun laws do not result in a reduction in gun...
  • FL Appellate Court Grants Self Defense Immunity To Black Defender

    01/04/2014 10:48:50 AM PST · by servo1969 · 25 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 1-4-2014 | Andrew Branca
    The evening of February 27, 2008, in the Miami area, Gabriel Mobley and a friend were viciously attacked by two men. Using his licensed concealed carry pistol, Mr. Mobley successfully fought off the attack, killing both of the aggressors. He was charged with two counts of second degree murder ¬Ė murder which, under Florida law, requires ¬ďmalice¬Ē. Mobley exercised his rights under Florida¬ís self-defense immunity state, 776.032‚ÄÉImmunity from criminal prosecution and civil action for justifiable use of force, to avoid going to trial on the basis that it was more likely than not, based on the evidence, that he acted...
  • Detroit police chief to citizens: Arm yourselves (Former gun-control advocate changes tune...)

    01/03/2014 12:11:06 PM PST · by Perseverando · 28 replies
    WND ^ | January 03, 2014 | Drew Zahn
    Detroit Chief of Police James Craig During his 28 years on the police force in Los Angeles, James Craig tended to agree with his stateís tight control over concealed carry permits, believing fewer guns would lead to fewer violent crimes. But when he moved to Portland, Maine, in 2009 to serve as the cityís new police chief, he discovered a different culture Ė one where guns actually made people safer. Now Craig, the chief of police in Detroit, Mich., has a message for the law-abiding folks in his crime-ridden city: Arm yourselves, and criminals will think twice about attacking...