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  • Patrick Tomlinson: Constitutional carry comes for Wisconsin (barf alert)

    06/21/2017 6:15:10 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 11 replies
    Madison.com ^ | 21 june 2017 | Patrick Tomlinson
    I am a lifelong firearm enthusiast. I started shooting at 10 years old when my father got me a Crossman pump action air rifle with a four power Tasco scope. He was one of only three NRA training counselors in the state of Wisconsin for many years. I began shooting competitively through 4-H not long after, eventually shooting air rifle, air pistol, and shotgun trap through the program. After 4-H, I went on to shoot small-bore rifle in local competitions. Today, I own four firearms of various kinds, make time to shoot several thousand rounds per year, and am licensed...
  • Commentary: How the NRA conquered Washington and abandoned gun owners like me (barf alert)

    06/20/2017 11:20:21 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 24 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 20 june 2-017 | Matt Valentine
    In the winter of 2008, shortly after the election of Barack Obama, my fiancee and I stopped into a local gun shop in Austin to buy ammunition for target practice, a hobby we enjoyed once or twice a month. Though we hadn't asked, the clerk behind the counter told us that all the AR- and AK-style rifles were back-ordered. We could get on the waitlist, he offered, but the delay might be a couple of months — "if it's still even legal to buy one then." Eight years later, gun rights in America appear not only to have survived the...
  • What gun debate? There is no gun debate in Washington, D.C. (baf alert)

    There is zero chance that the shooting of U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise earlier this week will change anything about the gun debate in Washington, D.C. That’s because there is no gun debate in Washington, D.C. The NRA has won. Not the debate — the gun lobby remains very wrong on the facts. But the group had won the politics — big time. I have been a gun owner all my life. I’ve shot long guns of every kind and a variety of handguns. I have no problem with people owning them for legitimate purposes. I own a half dozen of...
  • Six dead, 30 injured in London terror attacks; 3 suspects shot dead

    06/04/2017 5:16:17 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 41 replies
    Chicago S-T ^ | 4 june 2017
    Gerard Vowls told The Guardian newspaper that he saw a woman being stabbed by three men at the south end of London Bridge. He said he threw chairs, glasses and bottles at the attackers in a bid to stop them. “They kept coming to try to stab me . they were stabbing everyone. Evil, evil people,” he told the newspaper. “I want to know if this girl is still alive. I’ve been walking around for an hour and a half crying my eyes out. I don’t know what to do.” Bartender Alex Martinez said he hid in a garbage bin...
  • Wisconsin lawmakers debate permitless carry of concealed guns

    MADISON - People in Wisconsin would be able to carry concealed firearms without getting training or state permits, under a proposal debated by lawmakers Wednesday. The broad legislation would also allow some people to bring guns onto school grounds and lower the penalties on unauthorized people who are caught doing so. The bill by Sen. David Craig (R-Town of Vernon) and Rep. Mary Felzkowski (R-Irma) goes beyond the state’s 2011 law, which allows concealed weapons but reserves them for trained and licensed residents. Instead, Senate Bill 169 would make Wisconsin a “constitutional carry” state where qualifying people could pack firearms...
  • Eighth Circuit: Open Carry not Reasonable Suspicion for a Police Stop

    05/31/2017 6:02:52 AM PDT · by marktwain · 53 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 30 May, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    In 2011, on November 2nd, The Lincoln City Police Department received a call about a young man displaying a firearm in an Astro van outside of a convenience store. The call lead to the felony stop of an Astro van about 4 hours later.In the van was 58-year-old black pastor who was a double amputee. The officers forced the pastor, Leroy Duffie, to exit the van with his hands held up, after he had told them that he could not do so because of his disability. At gunpoint, Duffie opened his door, and twisted his body in an attempt...
  • Pennsylvania Republican Pushing Ban on Private Gun Sales

    05/29/2017 7:32:51 AM PDT · by george76 · 46 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | 28 May 2017 | AWR Hawkins
    Pennsylvania State Rep. Jamie Santora (R-163) is pushing a ban on private gun sales nearly identical to the ones Michael Bloomberg-funded Moms Demand Action pushed in Washington state, Maine, and Nevada. Santora’s bill would bar the private sales that Americans have enjoyed since the Second Amendment was ratified in 1791 and would require that every sale be processed in front of an agent of the government via a background check. This means that law-abiding Pennsylvanians selling a gun to a fellow hunter, lifelong co-worker, or childhood friend would have to seek out a Federal Firearms License (FFL) holder and the...
  • He’s a good guy with a gun who saved a cop's life — and he’s for gun control (barf alert)

    05/26/2017 5:37:35 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 13 replies
    Time seemed to slow for Thomas Yoxall. He soaked in the details: the four flares set up roadside, the patrol car’s lights in the pre-dawn darkness. The trooper on the ground that a man was pummeling. Yoxall pulled his car over and exited. He held his handgun in a three-quarter draw, ready to fire. He walked step over step, trying to keep himself as narrow a potential target as possible. Yoxall yelled at the man to back away from the trooper; the man did not. Instead, he raised his fists high in the air. Yoxall saw his opportunity. He fired...
  • Italy's top court rules Sikhs can't carry religious knives

    05/19/2017 8:59:47 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    TheLocal.it ^ | 16 May 2017 11:11 CEST+02:00
    Italy’s Court of Cassation ruled on Monday that a Sikh man was not allowed to carry a knife considered sacred by his religion in public. Migrants have a duty to conform to local values in the society they choose to move to, the court said, even if those values are different from in their home country. The kirpan, a small knife or sword, is one of five religious articles many Sikhs carry with them at all times. But the legality of carrying the curved knife in public has been debated in several countries where Sikhs are a minority. Denmark became...
  • Gun demand rises in Chicago despite national drop-off under Trump

    05/15/2017 5:03:42 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 7 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 15 may 2017 | Robert McCoppin
    Demand for legal firearms in Chicago continues to grow even as the appetite nationally and in Illinois has fallen significantly in recent months — something gun vendors attribute to the election of President Donald Trump. While gun sales nationwide appear to have dropped from the levels they reached during the Obama years — apparently driven in part by lessened concerns under Trump that access will be restricted — changes in state laws and Chicago's crime wave have unleashed a pent-up demand for legal gun ownership in the area. Gun suppliers have called former President Barack Obama their best salesman, because...
  • As Chicago gangs escalate to rifles: Answering a new danger to cops and civilians (barf alert)

    05/09/2017 4:36:26 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 29 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 09 may 2017
    Chicago police are used to facing the possibility of death every time they put on their badges. But it's safe to assume they paid special attention to the alert on police radio channels Monday advising them to "expect a heightened presence of Satan Disciples" in the Brighton Park neighborhood on the city's Southwest Side. The real news: "This gang is in possession of numerous military-style rifles that are capable of piercing police protection." Shootings in Chicago, as in most places, are usually done with handguns, which have the advantage of being relatively inexpensive and easy to conceal. But in recent...
  • Penebaker: Concealed carry bill would make Wisconsin a more dangerous place (barf alert)

    05/08/2017 10:13:30 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 29 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 08 mmay 2017
    --(snip)"In Wisconsin, we experienced more than 600 gun deaths in 2015 alone, and nearly 70% of those gun deaths were gun suicides like my mom. Southeastern Wisconsin, particularly Milwaukee, has experienced a deadly amount of gun violence that claimed the lives of 250 people from 2015 to 2016, according to the Journal Sentinel. These aren’t just statistics, these numbers represent the pain that nearly 600 families have endured, families that now join the loneliest club. When you see these numbers and then you meet the families behind the statistics, you understand that the deadly epidemic of gun violence is more...
  • Gun background checks: Over half-million Nevada voters will not be ignored by Laxalt (barf alert)

    05/04/2017 4:56:58 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 5 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | 04 may 2017
    Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt has insisted that his opposition to last November’s ballot question calling for expanded background checks on firearms purchases was based not on the Second Amendment but rather on his opinion that the measure was legally flawed. But unless you were born with an extra gullibility gene or two, you had to wonder whether Laxalt was actually motivated by politics instead of the law. A conservative Republican who has all but announced he’ll run for governor in 2018, Laxalt has had plenty to gain among the NRA crowd and other deep-red voters by trying to torpedo...
  • VIDEO: Truck driver won’t be cited after plowing through NC protesters, police say

    05/03/2017 3:43:09 AM PDT · by Libloather · 36 replies
    WBTW ^ | 5/02/17
    DURHAM, N.C. — The driver of a large pickup truck who ignored protesters in a Durham street on Monday afternoon and drove through the crowd will not be cited, police confirmed. No one was hurt, but several protesters outside the Durham County Jail tried to stop the truck from driving through their rally. The protesters said they did not have a permit to close the road.
  • Chicago Guns Matter founder isn’t done with fight for a gun range

    05/01/2017 5:44:05 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 8 replies
    Chicago S-T ^ | 01 may 2017 | Frank Main
    Rhonda Ezell was really sick. Suffering from kidney failure, lung disease and other ailments, she didn’t like to venture very far from her South Side home. But to obtain a new Chicago firearms permit to keep a gun in her home in 2010, she had to go through hours of training — and Chicago didn’t have any public shooting ranges within the city limits. So Ezell, a longtime gun-rights supporter, drove to a northwest suburban range more than 50 miles away in Dundee to practice on targets. On July 12, 2010, the city of Chicago’s new handgun ordinance took effect,...
  • Full Transcript: President Donald Trump’s Speech Fires Up the NRA

    04/28/2017 3:36:33 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 5 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 4/28/2017 | Michele Gorman
    THE PRESIDENT: Thank you, Chris, for that kind introduction and for your tremendous work on behalf of our Second Amendment. Thank you very much. (Applause.) I want to also thank Wayne LaPierre for his unflinching leadership in the fight for freedom. Wayne, thank you very much. Great. (Applause.) I'd also like to congratulate Karen Handel on her incredible fight in Georgia 6. (Applause.) The election takes place on June 20th. And, by the way, on primaries, let's not have 11 Republicans running for the same position, okay? (Laughter.) It's too nerve-shattering. She's totally for the NRA and she's totally for...
  • ATF Clarifies Legality of AR Pistol Arm Brace Use

    04/26/2017 10:41:29 AM PDT · by Joe Brower · 28 replies
    AmmoLand.com ^ | 4/25/2017 | Dean Weingarten
    ATF Clarifies Legality of AR Pistol Arm Brace UsePosted on April 25, 2017 by Dean Weingarten Arizona – -(Ammoland.com)- Late in 2012, the ATF approved of a device that fit on the buffer tube of AR-15 style pistols. It made one handed shooting of these firearms much easier, and hence more accurate. The SB15 was invented by a disabled veteran, Alex Bosco. He quickly sold the rights to produce the arm brace to Sig Sauer. As you can see, the device can also be used as a very short stock for the AR-15 pistol, even though that is not what...
  • NYC Cops and Ex-ADA Busted on Federal Charges in NYC Gun License Probe

    04/25/2017 8:58:01 AM PDT · by glennherman · 34 replies
    NBC NY 4 ^ | 4/25/17 | Joe Valiquette
    A retired NYPD lieutenant, two retired NYPD officers and a former Brooklyn Assistant District Attorney were arrested early Tuesday by FBI agents in connection with the issuance of gun licenses by the NYPD's licensing division, according to law enforcement sources familiar with the case. The federal charges include bribery, extortion, making false statements and conspiracy, court papers say. The four men were arrested at their respective residences in Manhattan and Long Island, law enforcement sources said. Authorities allege they fast-tracked gun licenses and investigations. Read More...
  • Editorial: Ease the rules on gun ranges: Chicago aldermen, stop fighting federal judges

    04/25/2017 6:00:44 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 8 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 25 apr 2017
    Chicago has been fighting a losing battle on guns, and it's not quite ready to stop. In 2008, when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a Washington, D.C., ban on handguns violated the Second Amendment, the city should have realized its own ban was doomed. Instead, it went through its own litigation, which ended with the Supreme Court ruling that Chicago, too, was trampling on a constitutional right. At that point, the city passed a new ordinance allowing Chicagoans to get permits to own handguns, provided they got training at a gun range. But, in an odd twist (or a...
  • Stop Congress from trashing Illinois’ concealed gun protections (barf alert)

    04/18/2017 5:46:19 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 11 replies
    The people who think the Second Amendment phrase “well-regulated” means “not regulated at all” are back. This time, they’re pushing a dangerous idea called “concealed carry reciprocity” that would allow people who get concealed gun carry permits in states that have absolutely no restrictions to carry those hidden, loaded guns anywhere in the country. That means a state such as Illinois could no longer draw a line and refuse to give concealed carry permits to people convicted of violent misdemeanors, substance abusers, repeat drunken drivers or who have severe mental health issues. Under the U.S. House version of a proposed...