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  • 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 – Its official name is the “Safe Carry Protection Act.” But critics are calling it the “Guns Everywhere Bill.” 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 trendtrack.com: 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‑one 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 — 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 — including riots and civil unrest like the 1996 racial disturbances that rocked St. Petersburg — 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 Jurist.org: BELLEVUE, WA – The chief U.S. District Court judge in New Mexico today granted a permanent injunction against the State of New Mexico’s “citizens only” 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 “The Young Turks.” She started out by explaining that she wrote the book to demonstrate Zimmerman’s 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
    fox6now.com ^ | 13 March, 2014 | Jenna Sachs, Bret Lemoine
    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — FOX6 News is learning more after two teens were shot to death on Milwaukee’s 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
    captainsjournal.com ^ | 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. “If the 2nd amendment has been as you interpret it, why hasn’t SC law reflected that for the last 140 years? I’m sorry but you are describing an ‘unlimited’ 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, et.al v. County of San Diego, et.al 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. “Coming 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 California’s 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 Circuit’s 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 “good cause,” 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, who’s already found the tastiest chestnuts in the opinion. The novelty here isn’t the ruling itself but the court issuing it. It’s the Ninth Circuit, which has jurisdiction over the west coast and typically leans left thanks to liberal all-stars like Stephen Reinhardt. (He wasn’t part of the panel that heard this one, thankfully.) With today’s ruling, the Ninth joins the Seventh in holding that the Second Amendment, just as it says, includes a right to “bear” arms. States can regulate that right but they can’t 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
    SFgate.com ^ | 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 — S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley said Tuesday that she backs a proposal that would make it legal for most South Carolinians to carry guns – concealed or in the open – 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 – restaurants and bars – 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 wabe.org 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 wabe.org: The bill’s 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
    abclocal.go.com ^ | 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
    toledoblade.com ^ | 23 January, 2014 | JIM PROVANCE BLADE
    COLUMBUS — 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. “[House Bill 8] does not arm employees,” the bill’s chief sponsor, Kristina Roegner (R., Hudson), said. “Current law allows that to happen.” 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
    wzzm13.com ^ | 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 opencarry.org  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 greenvilleonline.com: The House’s 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 “state-by-state databases” 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
    wicker.senate.gov ^ | 21 January, 2014 | NA
    WASHINGTON – 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. “I am strongly committed to upholding Americans’ constitutional right to keep and bear arms,” Wicker said. “This 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 ksl.com, 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 selmatimesjournal.com: 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. He’d rather he didn’t feel the need, “but things aren’t like they used to be. The break-ins, the burglaries, all the crime. And I carry cash a lot of the time. I’m constantly going to the bank. “I wanted to be able to defend my family, my household and the ground I’m standing on. But I’m not looking for any trouble.” Filippidis keeps his gun — a palm-sized Kel-Tec .38 semiautomatic, barely larger than a smartphone in a protective case — 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 state’s 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, “An examination of the effects of concealed weapons laws and assault weapons bans on state-level murder rates,” 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 – murder which, under Florida law, requires “malice”. Mobley exercised his rights under Florida’s self-defense immunity state, 776.032 Immunity 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 state’s 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 city’s new police chief, he discovered a different culture – 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...
  • MN:Police: Gun-carrying passerby 'did noble thing' halting Mpls. store robbery

    12/29/2013 8:43:08 AM PST · by marktwain · 42 replies
    startribune.com ^ | 19 December, 2013 | PAUL WALSH
    Inside his neighborhood market, Mohamed S. Ahmed was screaming for help after a pair of armed robbers had left him bleeding. Outside the northeast Minneapolis store, two men pounded on the window, trying to get back into the University Market after Ahmed managed to lock them out. “They seemed really agitated, super agitated,” said Matt Dosser, who was walking by about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday. At first, “nothing made sense, then I saw the gun.” Dosser, who has a permit to carry a gun, reached for his own weapon. One of the robbers “turned around and looked at me,” Dosser recalled....
  • MN:Carry permit holder fends off crowbar wielding intruder

    12/29/2013 8:28:44 AM PST · by marktwain · 11 replies
    tcdailyplanet.net ^ | 16 December, 2013 | Shelley Leeson
    Construction worker Craig Paulson was thinking about where to go for lunch as he worked on renovations inside a bank-owned residence in a quiet, tree-lined and well-manicured neighborhood in Uptown on one of the last days in November. His appetite and lunchtime thoughts quickly faded, however, when Paulson, working alone in a back room inside the residence on the 3300 block of Girard Avenue, turned around and found himself faced with a “large” man wielding Paulson’s own three foot crowbar just steps from where he was working. The lifelong construction worker and father of three kids of whom he has...
  • Concealed Carry Means Fewer Murders, Says New Study

    12/24/2013 10:01:29 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Reason Magazine's Hit & Run ^ | December 23, 2013 | Ronald Bailey
    Quinnipiac University economist Mark Gius has published a new study, "An examination of the effects of concealed weapons laws and assault weapons bans on state-level murder rates," in the journal Applied Economics Letters. From the abstract: The purpose of the present study is to determine the effects of state-level assault weapons bans and concealed weapons laws on state-level murder rates. Using data for the period 1980 to 2009 and controlling for state and year fixed effects, the results of the present study suggest that states with restrictions on the carrying of concealed weapons had higher gun-related murder rates than other...
  • Wichita City Council allows concealed-carry in most city buildings

    12/24/2013 5:48:46 AM PST · by marktwain · 3 replies
    kansas.com ^ | 11 December, 2013 | Bill Wilson
    Wichita will open most of its public buildings – including libraries, recreational centers, CityArts and the Wichita Art Museum – to people carrying concealed guns under a new state law. Fearful of lawsuits, the City Council voted 4-2 to allow concealed-carry in all but 16 of 107 city-owned buildings effective Jan. 1. Guns will continue to be banned at City Hall, Mid-Continent Airport buildings, police buildings and city housing department facilities. In city buildings that are leased to third parties, such as the Wichita Boathouse, the operators retain the right to ban guns. The state law, Senate Substitute for House...
  • WI:Is placing a gun in a coat pocket "Negligent Operation"?

    12/20/2013 9:57:57 AM PST · by marktwain · 43 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 21 December, 2013 | Dean Weingarten
    There is an interesting case in Wisconsin where a Concealed Carry Weapon license (CCW) holder has been charged with "negligent operation or handling of a dangerous weapon".  From jsonlin: According to the criminal complaint, Marvin W. Jackson, 34, was shopping in the Burlington Coat Factory at 3700 Durand Ave. After he took of his jacket and laid it on a rack while he tried on another, his female companion picked up Jackson's jacket and laid it over her arm because he had forgotten it on a rack earlier. But as she did, Jacson's silver .38 caliber two-shot derringer fell...
  • Indulging in America’s gun fantasies: Emotional triggers (Worse than you think)

    12/13/2013 9:59:44 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 69 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | December 13, 2013 | Joan Wickersham
    THERE THEY were, just below Martha Stewart and Paula Deen and Allure in the magazine rack at the supermarket: the gun periodicals. I bought three. Back at the place where I was staying — this was in upstate New York, a week ago — I pored over the ads and the editorial content, trying to understand what they were saying, and to whom. First, they want you to buy a gun. It will probably not be your first gun; it will be an addition to, and an improvement on, the gun or guns you already own. It may deliver “precision...
  • "And I Carry" - The real face of permit-to-carry holders in Minnesota

    12/08/2013 11:42:27 PM PST · by Minnesota2A.com · 24 replies
    Twin Cities Gun Owners & Carry Forum ^ | November 1, 2013 | Twin Cities Gun Owners & Carry Forum
    "And I Carry" - The real face of permit-to-carry holders in Minnesota. A 2.5 minute video created to dispel stereotypes: http://youtu.be/8pTsEGeqTaE Think you know who permit-to-carry holders are? Twin Cities Gun Owners & Carry Forum, with the generous help of Crucible Arms, put together this short documentary showing a cross section of Minnesota's permit-to-carry holders. Find Twin Cities Gun Owners & Carry Forum on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tcGunsAndCarry We need groups across the country to create and post videos like this.
  • Family of armed robbery suspect annoyed that bystander shot him

    11/25/2013 7:56:50 AM PST · by rktman · 10 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 11/25/2013 | Vince Coglianese
    The family of an armed robbery suspect is ticked off that a “Good Samaritan” shot their kin while he attempted to rob a dollar store in Mobile, Ala.
  • OH: Concealed Carry of Weapons Becomes Mainstream

    11/23/2013 7:27:34 AM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 24 November, 2013 | Dean Weingarten
    Ohio State Seal Practical experience has convinced skeptics that ordinary people can be trusted with carrying lethal weapons.  They go from skeptical, to neutral, to becoming supporters.   This is the typical progression for a person who is willing to be convinced by facts.   Most people can change their mind about an issue if it does not challenge their basic assumptions about reality, because that threatens their very identity.  The assumptions of the "Blood in the Streets" anti-rights groups are those of the "progressive elite" model of modern murder.   In that model, murder occurs when an ordinary citizen flies into...
  • OH:Arguments to ricochet as gun bill is debated

    11/20/2013 5:52:07 AM PST · by marktwain · 4 replies
    dispatch.com ^ | 18 November, 2013 | Jim Siegel
    The latest sweeping changes to Ohio gun laws, including a “stand your ground” provision, have generated fierce debate, and the gun bill containing them is set for action in the Ohio House this week. House Bill 203 contains a number of components, including efforts to ensure that cities can’t avoid paying attorneys fees when their gun laws are challenged, and ensuring that people don’t get concealed-carry licenses in Ohio who don’t even qualify for purchasing a gun. “We are attempting to get our constitutional rights back,” said Gary Witt, legislative coordinator for Ohioans for Concealed Carry. But the bill, scheduled...
  • Don't go arming everyone

    11/06/2013 12:01:39 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | November 6, 2013 | The Editorial Board
    When new Police Chief Cecil Smith arrived in Sanford, Fla., in April, he suspended the city's neighborhood watch program — the one under whose auspices George Zimmerman had patrolled the streets until he fatally shot unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin. Now Smith is restarting the program, but the police department says it will exercise more control over volunteers, including doing background checks and asking them not to carry guns. "We just don't see the need for anybody to be armed," Smith told the Associated Press. Smith has chosen to ask the volunteers rather than order them, perhaps because Florida law allows...
  • MI:Man with concealed weapons permit shoots, kills robber in double-shooting, Grand Rapids

    11/04/2013 6:37:13 AM PST · by marktwain · 28 replies
    mlive.com ^ | 1 November, 2013 | John Agar
    GRAND RAPIDS, MI – A man with a concealed-weapons permit shot and killed an alleged robber in an incident outside of a New York Fried Chicken restaurant that ultimately left two men dead, investigators said Thursday. The two related shootings occurred around 12:45 a.m. Oct. 31 at 734 S. Division Ave. One of the people killed was the robbery suspect, police have said. His name has not been released. Family members have identified Domnick Floyd, 23, of Grand Rapids, as the second victim at the shooting scene. They said that police told them that Floyd was picked out for robbery...