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  • Bloomberg to spend $50M on new gun control effort in challenge to NRA

    04/16/2014 3:34:48 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 22 replies ^ | 4-16-2014 |
    Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg will spend $50 million this year to build a nationwide grassroots network on gun control in a direct challenge to the National Rifle Association, The New York Times reported. The new lobbying group, called Everytown for Gun Safety, will encompass other gun control groups funded by Bloomberg, Mayors Against Illegal Guns and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, the report said. Bloomberg told the Times the strategy will focus on expanding the background check system for gun buyers at the state and national levels. He made nearly $14 million in federal campaign...
  • Two incompatible gun ballot measures lead in Washington state

    04/16/2014 2:31:46 AM PDT · by blueplum · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | Apr 15, 2014 9:24pm EDT | JONATHAN KAMINSKY
    (Reuters) - Two incompatible ballot measures on background checks for gun buyers in Washington state enjoy majority support in a poll released on Tuesday, but the one advancing stricter gun controls is more popular. The competing measures, both slated to be on the ballot in November in the Pacific Northwest state, are the only firearm background check initiatives up for a vote this year in the United States. :snip: Initiative 594 would require all firearm sales, including those at gun shows and conducted online, to be predicated on a background check of the buyer. Initiative 591, however, would disallow background...
  • ATF Adding More NFA Branch Staff, Reducing Backlog, Re-Designing eForms System. Again.

    04/18/2014 8:11:53 AM PDT · by Joe Brower · 15 replies
    The Truth About Guns ^ | 4/16/14 | Nick Leghorn
    ATF Adding More NFA Branch Staff, Reducing Backlog, Re-Designing eForms System. Again.By Nick Leghorn on April 17, 2014 The Truth About Guns TTAG has just received the following email from the ATF about the current status of the National Firearms Act branch, the group responsible for approving the paperwork needed to own fun stuff like silencers and short barreled firearms in the United States. The long and the short of it is that they’ve hired yet more staff and they are finally making a dent in the backlog of paperwork, but it’s going to be a long slog ahead until...
  • Bundy ranch dispute with federal land agency draws variety of foot soldiers

    04/14/2014 12:27:02 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 102 replies
    Las Vegas Review Journal ^ | April 13, 2014 | By BEN BOTKIN
    BUNKERVILLE — Cliven Bundy’s fight with the Bureau of Land Management over the federal agency’s roundup of his cattle attracted a diverse group of foot soldiers: fellow ranchers, Las Vegans and militia and patriot groups were among them. Their battle cry is the U.S. Constitution and liberty. They fear the federal government overstepping its bounds at every turn. This concern, in their view, applies to those from all walks of life, be it a rural Southern Nevada rancher or a militia member from northern Montana. Ultimately, the Bundy protest — which was defused Saturday when federal land officials agreed to...

    04/14/2014 10:34:03 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 67 replies
    Breitbart ^ | April 14, 2014 | by AWR HAWKINS
    As tensions rose and a standoff ensued between Bureau of Land Management (BLM) agents and Cliven Bundy and his family on April 11th and 12th, one thing was evident: through the Second Amendment, the Founding Fathers guaranteed that Bundy could be armed to protect his life and property. KLAS-TV described a meeting between armed federal agents and armed Bundy family members during one of the highest points of tension. No guns were misused nor were any used offensively. However, guns were present because of our Founding Fathers' forethought. We do not have guns for the purposes of sporting or hunting--although...
  • Nevada Militia To Feds: ‘Control Our Borders, Not Our Ranchers’

    04/13/2014 6:20:22 AM PDT · by george76 · 41 replies
    CBS LAS VEGAS ^ | April 11, 2014
    The rural Nevada showdown between federal government officials and militia members protecting rancher Cliven Bundy has evolved into a battle of government “tyranny,” with many newly arriving militiamen rolling in to draw a line in the dirt about 70 miles northeast of Las Vegas. ... “This is a better education than being in school! I’m glad I brought you. I’m a good mom,” Ilona Ence, a 49-year-old mother from St. George and Bundy relative who brought her four teenage children to the ranch, told the Las Vegas Sun. “They’re learning about the Constitution.” Ence’s teenage sons posted up a sign...
  • Tennessee Senate votes for open gun carry without permit

    04/08/2014 1:56:45 PM PDT · by don-o · 11 replies
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The state Senate has passed a bill to allow Tennesseans to openly carry guns without a state-issued permit.
  • Wargaming the opening blows of civil war in Connecticut.

    04/03/2014 8:21:49 AM PDT · by drypowder · 46 replies
    Sipsey Street Irregulars ^ | April 3, 2014 | Mike Vanderboegh
    Dan Zimmerman at The Truth About Guns asks Could Connecticut Gun Laws Spark Another Waco?There’s been a lot of discussion among members of the Armed Intelligentsia lately about how Connecticut’s finest might proceed if they decide to confiscate unregistered guns from the state’s 100,000 or more newly-minted felons. The level of concern is evidenced by daily long comment threads, speculative posts by people who are not members of law enforcement, and even a couple of contributed opinions from the LEO community. The rational consensus seems to be that if the gun-grab order were given, cops would pinch a registration scofflaw...
  • NRA lobbyist breaks hunting law, then lobbies to change it

    04/02/2014 4:59:56 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 48 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 2 apr 2014 | DAVE MCKINNEY
    L SPRINGFIELD — After a state conservation officer ticketed the National Rifle Association’s Illinois lobbyist last December for breaking a hunting law, the gun-rights advocate dutifully paid his $120 fine. But Todd Vandermyde, one of Springfield’s most powerful and effective lobbyists, didn’t stop there. A month later, he worked with one legislator to rewrite the law he broke. And not long after that, he enlisted help from House Minority Leader Jim Durkin, R-Western Springs, to carry legislation that, at least initially, would have greatly restrained the authority of Department of Natural Resources police officers to venture onto private property. “I...
  • 327 denied concealed carry licenses because of poor training

    04/02/2014 4:44:43 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 29 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 2 apr 2014 | Robert McCoppin
    John Ambrose hoped to be among the first people in Illinois licensed to carry a concealed gun when the state’s new law took effect this year. Instead, Ambrose, 38, of Joliet said he learned Monday that his application had been denied because he took a class in Bolingbrook that didn’t meet state requirements from an instructor who’s had his right to teach revoked. Ambrose said although some students had voiced concerns about the part of the class to be taught online, the teacher told them the training met state standards. “I kind of feel like a fool,” he said. Illinois...
  • Detroit Police Stand with Citizens Who Are Using Guns for Self-Defense

    03/31/2014 5:10:22 AM PDT · by markomalley · 15 replies
    Big Government ^ | 3/31/2014 | AWR HAWKINS
    With "fatal self-defense shootings on the rise in Detroit," law-abiding citizens know one thing--Detroit police have their back.According to The Detroit News, "justified" self-defense shootings in Detroit are hovering around 10 since January 1st. This is up considerably from 2013, in which "there were 15 justifiable [self-defense shootings] in the city" during the entire year. And far from criticizing the fact that more and more homeowners are standing up for their lives and property, Detroit Police Chief James Craig said he views this rebirth of self-defense as proof that"more and more Detroiters are becoming empowered."
  • NW Side man is first concealed carry permit holder arrested in Chicago

    03/31/2014 3:48:38 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 17 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 31 mar 2014 | Frank Main
    A 54-year-old Northwest Side man who allegedly pulled a gun during a property dispute is the first concealed carry permit holder arrested in Chicago, police officials say. William P. O’Connell, of the 7200 block of North Oleander Avenue, lost his permit as a result of the arrest, said a spokeswoman for the Illinois State Police. In January, a new state law kicked in allowing people to carry concealed weapons as long as they have a permit. O’Connell was involved in a quarrel over rent money with a 52-year-old man on March 23, police said. O’Connell allegedly pointed a handgun at...
  • Concealed carry group takes message door-to-door on south side

    03/30/2014 4:51:17 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 7 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 30 mar 2014
    Sonia, a mother of two on Milwaukee's south side, doesn't want guns in her house. But with a pair of convicted sex offenders nearby who have just been granted allowance to leave their home unsupervised, Sonia has begun to think about some form of protection, perhaps pepper spray or a Taser. When gun rights activists fanned out in her neighborhood Saturday afternoon, handing out fliers promoting free classes for training on carrying firearms, Sonia was one of the first to sign up — since Wisconsin residents need similar training to legally carry a Taser. Milwaukee's south side became the latest...
  • Bob Costas: My Armed Security Doesn't Make Me a Hypocrite on Guns

    03/10/2014 3:15:23 PM PDT · by george76 · 55 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 9 Mar 2014 | AWR Hawkins
    On March 9th NBC's Bob Costas dismissed criticism of his having armed guards while disparaging "gun culture" by saying his guards were NBC and NFL security, not "personal" bodyguards. He did this while being interviewed by Fox News's Howard Kurtz, who brought up Costas's December 2012 halftime criticism of "the NFL's gun culture." Kurtz said, "You were accused of injecting politics into halftime, and Fox News's Greg Gutfeld said you were 'a hypocritical buffoon' because you're in New York, and you're surrounded by armed guards, and you don't have to worry about safety."
  • Baristas hope packing pistols will discourage robberies ( WA )

    03/19/2014 3:58:13 PM PDT · by george76 · 27 replies
    The Spokesman-Review ^ | March 19, 2014 | Jody Lawrence-Turner
    Coffee stand hit three times. Krystal Cogswell wears a holstered pistol on her hip while pulling espresso at Jitterz Java in Northwest Spokane. “I figure if they can see it, maybe it will be a deterrent, apparently being a girl isn’t enough,” the 24-year-old said. Robbers have struck Jitterz Java twice in February. On Sunday, a man who appeared to be armed ran off after a barista grabbed her gun and called police. The recent string of violence has owner Sara Chapel fed up. “The way I’ve been scheduling the girls is that at least one girl who carries a...
  • Feinstein Wants Obama to Pull a Clinton on Firearm Importation

    03/22/2014 10:25:41 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 12 replies
    NRA-ILA ^ | March 21, 2014
    U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), sponsor of the federal "assault weapon" and "large" magazine "ban" of 1994-2004, is asking President Barack Obama to direct the BATFE to reinterpret a provision of the Gun Control Act of 1968 to prohibit the importation of various semi-automatic firearms and their parts. In a letter to Obama, the text of which was included in an article published by the Daily Caller on Thursday, Feinstein said that, "at a minimum," the BATFE should: prohibit importation of all semiautomatic rifles that can accept, or be readily converted to accept, a large capacity ammunition magazine of more...
  • HE’S BAAAACK: Michael Bloomberg Makes Another Appearance in Colorado

    03/22/2014 7:34:20 AM PDT · by george76 · 6 replies
    ColoradoPeakPolitics ^ | March 21, 2014
    After Americans for Prosperity unveiled a large media placement hitting liberal U.S. Senator Mark Udall’s Obamacare record, liberals everyone breathed a sigh of relief when the left-leaning Senate Majority PAC (SMP) revealed a $500,000 media buy against U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner, who is running against Udall in the 2014 election. Not so fast, Udallites. There’s just one problem. The SMP, backing Udall, is funded by none other than Colorado’s best liberal funder, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, ... What’s interesting is that Bloomberg has given $2.5 million to the Super PAC and its most recent ad buy is...
  • Students at the shooting range for gun safety ( Colorado )

    03/22/2014 8:57:26 AM PDT · by george76 · 4 replies
    KRDO ^ | Mar 19, 2014 | Bonnie Silkman
    PUEBLO COUNTY, Colo. - Middle school students moved their lesson from the classroom to the shooting range. It wasn’t your typical field trip. A group of students in Pueblo County was firing live ammo and learning about gun safety. "I'm very excited, today we're going to come out here on the gun range and shoot a little bit. The past week we've learned about the revolutionary war," said Jonah Statezny, a Craver middle school student. "My favorite part is shooting guns. When I was little we used to go to the shooting range," said another student, Danielle Cooper. ... Appleseed...
  • Illinois school handout teaches Second Amendment requires gun registration

    03/22/2014 9:34:29 AM PDT · by don-o · 19 replies ^ | March 21, 2014
    According to a workbook handed out to seventh grade students at Grant Middle School in Springfield, Ill., the Second Amendment only allows people to own "certain" guns if they have been registered, Infowars reported Friday. The parent who discovered the material confirmed to the handout's existence and said the school is being "bombarded with messages" about the material. "This amendment states that people have the right to certain weapons, providing that they register them and they have not been in prison,” the handout says.
  • Chicago voters want gun limits, no taxi fare hikes

    03/20/2014 4:58:21 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 7 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 20 mar 2014 | John Byrne and Cynthia Dizikes
    Chicago voters weighed in on three city referendums Tuesday, with a majority coming out in favor of keeping firearms out of restaurants that serve alcohol and limiting the size of gun magazines, and most taking a dim view of raising taxi fares, according to preliminary results. The three questions on the city's primary ballots carry no official weight but serve as a poll on what voters think about the topics. The low election turnout in Chicago, thanks to a lack of top-of-the-ticket contested races among Democrats, raises questions about the value of even the nonbinding opinions in taking the pulse...
  • I Don’t Love Guns. I Just LOVE What My Gun Protects…

    03/18/2014 3:20:33 PM PDT · by fwdude · 5 replies
    USCCA ^ | Oct 1, 2011 | Tim Schmidt
    I guess that headline isn’t 100 percent true, because I really do love guns. The point I’m trying to make here is that many people forget that the firearm is only a tool. It’s simply a means to an end. I carry a gun because it’s one of the most effective tools that I’m aware of for self-defense. I carry a gun… …because I’ve made the personal decision that the person who is 100 percent responsible for the safety of my loved ones is named Tim Schmidt. I carry a gun… …because I don’t think I’d be able to live...
  • Two open-carry backers lead to Germantown police response

    03/18/2014 4:54:34 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 33 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 18 mar 2014 | Ashley Luthern
    A Sheboygan Falls man caused a stir last weekend in Germantown when he openly carried two firearms, prompting residents to call police and the police chief to post an update on the department's Facebook page — which led to another open-carry advocate traveling to Germantown. William Polster of Sheboygan Falls has spent the last year openly carrying his firearms throughout Wisconsin and recording his interactions with the public and police. "So many people just call the cops on it," he said Monday. "If you feel threatened, that's one thing. If it's properly carried in a non-threatening manner, it should not...
  • A pointed comment on our gun culture

    03/14/2014 5:32:18 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 20 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 14 mar 2014 | Leonard Pitts
    A few words about Nathan Entingh's hand gun. Meaning, you should understand, not a gun you hold in your hand but, rather, the hand itself, thumb cocked and index finger extended to resemble a pistol. One afternoon late last month, Entingh, who goes to school in Columbus, Ohio, was goofing off in science class when he raised such a "hand gun," pointed it at another kid's head and said "Boom." Not a good thing to do, and Entingh, who is 10, certainly should have been reprimanded. Instead, he was suspended for three days. His father, Paul, says he's been told...
  • Perry Warns Kimmel: ‘I Do Interviews with a Gun’

    03/12/2014 9:51:47 AM PDT · by Varmint Al · 64 replies
    National Review Online ^ | 3/12/2014 | Andrew Johnson
    Greeted by a handful of audible boos and jeers, Rick Perry was able to win over the audience when he took the stage during Jimmy Kimmel’s visit to Austin on Tuesday night. ...snip... Kimmel later asked Perry about a reported story that he shot a coyote while jogging, which the governor confirmed. “You jog with a gun?” Kimmel asked. “I do interviews with a gun,” Perry slickly quipped.
  • ‘Stand your ground’ laws must be clarified

    03/09/2014 6:20:29 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 45 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 9 mar 2014 | James Causey
    The mother of Trayvon Martin is on a mission. Her goal is to change the current "stand your ground" laws because these laws may make it more palatable for shooters to kill the person they are "scared of" rather than fire a warning shot. Sybrina Fulton, 48, rarely grants interviews, but she told me last week that under current "stand your ground" laws, accountability is lost. Several cases show that if you kill the person because you claim you feared for your life, then you have a good chance to walk. But if you fire a warning shot to protect...
  • Shell casing found at Homer Glen school

    03/08/2014 5:27:03 AM PST · by rellimpank · 51 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 08 mar 2014 | Dennis Sullivan
    School administrators and Will County sheriff's police are scratching their heads over the discovery of a shell casing today at Hadley Middle School in south suburban Homer Glen. Will County Sheriff Deputy Chief Ken Kaupas said three dogs trained in finding weapons and gunpowder found no other weapons-related items during a two-hour investigation of classrooms and lockers. "Obviously we took the situation seriously," he said. Kaupas said the shell casing had turned up around
  • About 100 concealed carry permits denied based on objections

    03/04/2014 5:37:56 AM PST · by rellimpank · 8 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 04 mar 2014 | Frank Main
    A state licensing board has rejected about half of the concealed carry applications it has reviewed based on law enforcement objections — but those applications represent a tiny fraction of the total number filed, according to figures released Monday. The seven-member Concealed Carry Licensing Board has sustained about 100 objections, denying permits to those people, said Monique Bond, spokeswoman for the Illinois State Police. The board has overruled about 100 other objections, allowing those applications to move forward, Bond said
  • Real estate agents grapple with Illinois' new gun law

    03/04/2014 5:31:03 AM PST · by rellimpank · 43 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 04 mar 2014 | Mary Ellen Podmolik
    At homes listed for sale this spring, a prospective buyer may notice the manicured lawn, the pot of flowers by the walkway, and possibly the state’s official “no guns” sign posted by the front door. Realty firms, like other businesses, are grappling with how to handle the state’s new concealed carry law. But in an industry whose very foundation involves strangers sitting in agents’ cars and offices and walking through private homes, devising guidelines is proving difficult. Late last week, just as the state was mailing out the first 5,000 concealed carry licenses, the Illinois Association of Realtors unveiled a...
  • U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson links strict gun control laws in Chicago with a high murder rate

    03/02/2014 5:02:48 AM PST · by rellimpank · 22 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 02 mar 2014
    Citing the number of school shootings since Sandy Hook, a woman asked U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson at one of his town hall meetings why he doesn’t support expanded background checks for gun purchases. The Wisconsin Republican responded by connecting strict gun control with a high rate of homicide. "I’ll repeat it: I think we have enough gun laws on the books; we should enforce those," Johnson told his audience in Appleton on Feb. 18, 2014. "But, if you really take a look -- again, look at the facts. The most stringent gun laws on the books are in places like...
  • First 5,000 concealed carry licenses being mailed out

    03/01/2014 5:01:24 AM PST · by rellimpank · 18 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 01 mar 2014 | STEFANO ESPOSITO
    Illinois’ first concealed carry licenses were being sent out Friday and could arrive in mailboxes as early as Monday, Illinois State Police officials said. That’s 5,000 approved applications out of some 46,000 received statewide, officials said Friday. “We’re going to print as many as we can get through today and continue on Monday,” said Illinois State Police Col. Marc Maton, speaking to reporters downtown. The blue-and-red licenses — about the same size as a driver’s license — are good for five years. All approved applicants passed both criminal background and mental health checks, Maton said.
  • Owning assault weapons a right, three GOP candidates say

    02/28/2014 6:53:24 AM PST · by rellimpank · 19 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 28 feb 2014 | NATASHA KORECKI
    Three of the four Republicans competing in the gubernatorial primary say they believe all Illinois residents have the right to own assault weapons. Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford of Chenoa, state Sen. Bill Brady of Bloomington and venture capitalist Bruce Rauner of Winnetka said Thursday night that they believe it’s a right. Rutherford offered the caveat that an owner must be: “Background checked and trained,” before obtaining an assault weapon. He was the first to respond to the question posed at an ABC7/Univision televised debate put on with the League of Women Voters.
  • Concealed-carry Milwaukee gunman who claimed self-defense is sentenced

    02/28/2014 5:57:39 AM PST · by rellimpank · 20 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 28 feb 2014 | Bruce Vielmetti
    A Milwaukee man who used his legal, concealed handgun to kill an acquaintance who started a fight with him was sentenced Thursday to 18 years in prison. A jury last month rejected Phillip K. Green's claim of self-defense in the fatal shooting of Ernest Banks during a men's night out in May and found him guilty of first-degree reckless homicide while armed. Other witnesses confirmed that Banks, 26, had initiated the fight and was the aggressor, but also that he was unarmed and two other men in the group had tried to get between him and Green when Green, 40,...
  • Gun-control advocates call for universal background checks in state

    02/28/2014 5:44:50 AM PST · by rellimpank · 13 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 28 feb 2014 | Jason Stein
    Madison — Gun-control activists and Democrats — including state attorney general candidate Jon Richards — called Thursday for passing universal background checks on gun sales in the state. In the waning days of the legislative session, the proposal faces an essentially impossible path in the GOP-controlled Legislature, where influential lawmakers see it as a burden on gun owners that doesn't bring enough benefits. Wisconsin requires people who purchase guns from federal-licensed dealers to undergo background checks that can turn up whether a person is prohibited by law from owning a gun because of factors such as his or her criminal...
  • Careful. Maybe he's carrying a concealed gun

    02/27/2014 7:08:08 AM PST · by rellimpank · 42 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 27 feb 2014 | Gary Rogaliner
    Recently, I completed the classroom portion of the new Illinois concealed carry licensingrequirement. I then traveled to the firing range with my classmates and passed the live-fire training by destroying a practice target with 30 rounds of 9 mm ammunition fired from three distances. Having had my fingerprints and a recent picture of myself scanned into the Illinois State Police database, completing the online registration form and paying my fee, I submitted my application. In 90 days or less I expect to receive my concealed carry permit and will be able to legally carry a loaded firearm on my person...
  • ATF agents lost track of dozens of their own guns, reports show

    02/26/2014 5:13:59 AM PST · by rellimpank · 14 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 26 feb 2014 | John Diedrich and Raquel Rutledge
    A Journal Sentinel investigation uncovered mistakes and failures in an undercover sting in Milwaukee's Riverwest neighborhood by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives – stolen guns, sensitive documents lost, wrong people charged and a burglary of the sting storefront. ATF agents have lost track of dozens of government-issued guns, after stashing them under the front seats in their cars, in glove compartments or simply leaving them on top of their vehicles and driving away, according to internal reports from the past five years obtained by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Agents left their guns behind in bathroom stalls,...
  • Connecticut sends out the first confiscation letters

    02/25/2014 5:20:07 AM PST · by Daffynition · 119 replies
    AmericanLibertyRiders ^ | February 25, 2014 | via Journal Inquirer
    Gun confiscations is one step closer in Connecticut. The mainstream media spins it as “one more chance” for non-compliant gun owners who failed to register their scary guns before the January 1 deadline. In reality, these letters - 106 to rifle owners, and 108 more to residents with standard capacity magazines – are the first step in the Connecticut State Police beginning to round up guns arbitrarily made illegal last year in that state. These guns include America’s favorite rifle, the AR-15 and magazines over 10 rounds, which include the standard capacity magazines made for that America’s favorite rifle. Failure...
  • Background checks for gun buyers to be studied (NH gun-grab)

    02/24/2014 12:44:22 PM PST · by RKBA Democrat · 19 replies
    Manchester Union Leader ^ | 2-20-14 | GARRY RAYNO
    CONCORD — The issue of background checks for firearm purchases will come back to the House after a committee voted Thursday to establish a study commission on gun violence and background checks. Last week, the House voted 242-118 after a lengthy debate to kill House Bill 1589, which would have required background checks for all commercial gun sales, including those at gun shows and flea markets. The bill was opposed by 2nd amendment activists and gun owner groups, who said it infringed on constitutional rights and prohibited any gun transactions between family and friends. During the debate, opponents of the...
  • Bank manager, fired after carrying gun into work, files suit

    02/22/2014 10:51:12 PM PST · by Daffynition · 42 replies
    TAMPA — Ivette Ros grew up in a house where her father kept guns. For her, it was a natural step to get a concealed weapons permit and then to carry a 9 mm handgun. The 37-year-old Tampa resident is a single mother of three children and said she carries the gun for safety. “It’s just something about having it versus not having it,” she said. “I feel naked when I don’t have my gun.” Her employer didn’t feel the same way. Carrying the gun got her fired, she said.
  • With no perceived threats to rights, gun sales way down

    02/22/2014 5:48:20 AM PST · by rellimpank · 39 replies ^ | 22 feb 2014 | Steve Elbow
    With no recent high-profile events to drive the level of purchases seen in recent years, gun sales are way down. "Background checks by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, considered to be the most accurate means of tracking gun sales, plunged by a third in January compared to the year before," CNN reported last week. "There were about 1.66 million background checks last month and nearly 2.5 million in January the year before." The sharp decline can be seen in Wisconsin, where the state's handgun hotline registered only 7,702 handguns purchased in January, down from 22,214 in January 2013, according 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...
  • Prosecute Illegal Gun Owners

    02/19/2014 8:34:53 PM PST · by PaulCruz2016 · 86 replies
    The Hartford Courant ^ | 02-12-2014 | Pam Bergren
    Letter to the editor Today's Courant says that there could be as many as 330,000 people with assault weapons who refused to register them according to the law [Feb. 11, Page 1, "Thousands Ignore Law On Gun Registration"]. Then now is the time to increase the penalty and start rounding them up. At the first sign that someone has an illegal weapon , they should be immediately tried and imprisoned. These are the people we must be worried and concerned about -- the ones who need to keep their ownership secret. Something wrong when they refuse to obey the law...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Vetting of concealed-carry applicants too weak to trust

    02/12/2014 4:24:20 AM PST · by rellimpank · 23 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 12 feb 2014
    How safe does this make you feel? Twelve people certified as concealed carry trainers under Illinois’ new gun law have such extensive criminal backgrounds that Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart wants them banned from carrying hidden firearms altogether. One of them is the subject of an order of protection, and police say another threatened to kill a law enforcement officer. That’s just part of the problem with the new law, approved by the Legislature last summer. There’s no longer any debate that concealed carry is the law of the land, but there’s an excellent argument that it is being carried...
  • Black conservative leaders discuss how the NRA was created to protect freed slaves

    02/08/2014 3:32:09 AM PST · by chicagolady · 11 replies
    DFRUSA on YouTube ^ | Published on February 23, 2013
    Black leaders Discuss Gun Control and the Constitution. Wake up call!! Short Version
  • Sheriff objects to 240 concealed carry applicants

    02/06/2014 5:18:14 AM PST · by rellimpank · 22 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 06feb 2014 | Dahleen Glanton
    In a review of the first month of concealed carry applications, Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart objected to granting firearms permits to 240 people because of criminal histories that include domestic violence and gun crimes. As of Wednesday, state police had received 36,630 applications, 8,722 of them from Cook County. Of the Cook County applicants Dart objected to, five had already been denied by the state police. Of the remainder, 88 had records for domestic violence, 77 for gun crimes, 52 for battery/assault and 27 for aggravated battery/assault. Twenty-nine had orders of protection filed against them. Some of the applicants...
  • Homemade gun range on owner’s residential yard is legal, according to Florida statute

    02/04/2014 5:12:24 AM PST · by Joe Brower · 31 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 1/27/14 | Charlene Sakoda
    Homemade gun range on owner’s residential yard is legal, according to Florida statuteBy Charlene SakodaJanuary 27, 2014 6:00 PM The gun control debate is always a hotly contested one pitting the sides against each other. So, it’s attention grabbing when a state law giving gun owners more freedom causes Second Amendment advocates to demand more regulations. The Miami Herald recently spoke to Doug Varrieur, a gun owner and homeowner in Big Pine Key, Florida. For the past month, Varrieur has exercised his Florida state right to shoot guns on his residential property every Wednesday from 3-4 p.m. in his homemade...
  • Police: Murders down 50 percent from January 2013

    02/02/2014 7:48:46 AM PST · by rellimpank · 33 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 02 feb 2014 | MICHAEL LANSU
    Chicago had half as many murders in January 2014 compared to the first month of 2013. Police reported 20 killings in the month, which had 11 days of subzero temperature and was one of the coldest months in recent years. “The superintendent has said weather is a factor, but its not the only factor,” said Chicago Police spokesman Adam Collins. “It neither causes nor prevents crime.” Overall, Chicago had 50 percent fewer killings than it did in January 2013, when 40 people were murdered; 47 percent fewer slayings than January 2012, when 38 people were killed; and a 29 percent...
  • Why Good People Should Be Armed

    02/01/2014 6:21:51 PM PST · by Windflier · 25 replies
    YouTube ^ | 1 December 2013 | Josie Outlaw
    Despite all the fear-mongering, emotionalism, and deceptive propaganda surrounding the issue of firearms, the principle that matters most is quite simple.
  • Cops: Burglar shot to death by homeowner on West Side

    02/01/2014 5:43:06 AM PST · by rellimpank · 25 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 01 feb 2014 | Rosemary Regina Sobol
    A 44-year-old man on crutches fatally shot one of two intruders who came charging at him Friday morning in the Heart of Chicago neighborhood, according to police. Mario Viramontes, 31, was declared dead on the scene in 2000 block of West 21st Street at 9:22 a.m., according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. Police were called to the scene about 9:10 a.m. for a burglary, and when they arrived, they found that a “male offender” who had been trying to commit a burglary had been shot by the homeowner, said Police News Affairs Sgt. Antoinette Ursitti.