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  • Italy's top court rules Sikhs can't carry religious knives

    05/19/2017 8:59:47 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies ^ | 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 ^ | 4/25/2017 | Dean Weingarten
    ATF Clarifies Legality of AR Pistol Arm Brace UsePosted on April 25, 2017 by Dean Weingarten Arizona – -( 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...
  • A delightful advocate for legal, responsibly owned guns

    04/17/2017 6:15:20 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 19 replies
    Chicago S-T ^ | 17 apr 2017 | Laura Washington
    I write, often harshly, about The People of the Gun. I harbor a dim view of Second Amendment advocates. With each new shooting in Chicago, I have become more terrified of guns and the people who carry them. It’s time I actually met one.
  • Widow wants hollow-point bullet ban

    04/16/2017 7:24:07 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 80 replies
    Journal Times, Racine , Wisconsin ^ | 16 apr 2017 | Jon Brines
    RACINE — The widow of a Racine delivery driver James Norris, who was gunned down on Racine’s north side in March 2016, is calling for a ban on hollow-point bullets that reportedly contributed to his death. “The guy bought the ammunition from Walmart that killed him,” Stacy Blevins said. “You don’t buy hollow-point bullets unless you meant to kill him.” According to Racine Police, Norris was shot to death March 25, 2016, in the 3900 block of Green Street. He was found in the street next to his car door at an apartment complex where he had just delivered food...
  • Teddy bear with gun features takes aim at gun violence (Chicago - video)

    04/13/2017 4:52:02 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 20 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 4/12/2017 | Leonor Vivanco
    A teddy bear on display Wednesday in Chicago is not soft or furry, cute or cuddly. It is metallic gray and has a gun barrel with a capacity for six bullets as its muzzle. The Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence launched the new public awareness campaign — titled "Teddy Gun" and produced by local ad agency FCB Chicago — to raise awareness of gun violence. It aims to highlight the lack of government oversight in gun manufacturing by pointing out that plush toys are subject to more federal safety standards and regulations than guns. The Teddy Gun installation is on...
  • NRA vs. NYT

    04/11/2017 12:17:35 PM PDT · by rellimpank · 5 replies
    Powerline ^ | 10 apr 2017 | John Hineraker
    Get out the popcorn: the nation’s largest and most effective civil rights organization has declared war on the New York Times. The Times is running an ad campaign portraying itself as a purveyor of truth, a claim that is met with hollow laughter by those who are familiar with the paper’s sordid history. Into the breach steps National Rifle Association commentator Dana Loesch, who–unlike anyone who writes about guns for the Times–knows a great deal about firearms.
  • Using paranoia as ammo, gun lobby targets U.S. consumer (barf alert)

    04/10/2017 10:34:00 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 29 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | 10 apr 2017
    Strip away the emotions and moral concerns about the gun industry and what’s left is a multibillion-dollar business involving a highly competitive group of manufacturers whose existence depends on steady demand for their products. The problem is that they’ve glutted one of their biggest markets — the U.S., which is home to an estimated 300 million guns — while the percentage of Americans owning guns has hit a 40-year low. So how do they keep the cash registers ringing? By using fear-based marketing and public rhetoric spouted by their political lobbying mouthpiece, the National Rifle Association, to convince those who...
  • Booze, guns and party buses: Emanuel's proposal won't solve the problem. This will. (barf alert)

    04/07/2017 6:40:20 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 4 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 7 apr 2017
    Aug. 31, 2016: A group of men get off of a bus at Chicago's Buckingham Fountain. They argue with a 22-year-old man on the sidewalk, and one of them shoots him in the thigh. He survives. Sept. 3, 2016: Passengers on two buses parked by the Rock n' Roll McDonald's in River North taunt and threaten each other. Someone from one of the buses pulls out a gun and fires. No one is hurt. March 12, 2017: People inside a bus outside a Dunkin' Donuts in Edgewater get into a shouting match with someone in a nearby SUV. There's an...
  • 5 school districts on lockdown because of gun theft; suspect identified

    04/06/2017 1:18:06 PM PDT · by rellimpank · 2 replies
    Wisconsin State Journal ^ | 6 apr 2017 | Bill Novak
    Five school districts in south-central Wisconsin put their schools on a soft lockdown Thursday because of information Janesville police received investigating a gun shop break-in and theft of guns Tuesday night. Janesville, Edgerton, Evansville, Fort Atkinson and Milton school districts have ongoing lockdowns, according to the districts. The Rock County Sheriff's Office has identified the suspect in the break-in and the one who allegedly made threats against an unspecified school as Joseph Jakubowski, 32, of Janesville. "Information was received in the very early morning hours Thursday that Jakubowski has been highly agitated recently, regarding a variety of political issues," said...
  • When cops encounter knives, shooting is not the only option (barf alert)

    04/06/2017 8:28:18 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 71 replies
    Chicag Tribune ^ | 6 apr 2017 | Steve Chapman
    The man in the Camden, N.J., police video is practically begging to be shot. After using a knife to menace a cashier and a customer in a fast-food restaurant, he strides down a street slashing at the air as police repeatedly order him to drop his weapon. The man keeps walking, defiantly waving the knife. Several cops form a ring around him and move along at a safe distance, block after block. This goes on for several tense minutes, as the viewer waits for shots to ring out. But they never do. Eventually, the man drops the knife and is...