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  • Column: Let's try extreme vetting for gun owners (barf alert)

    02/17/2017 6:21:00 AM PST · by rellimpank · 33 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 17 feb 2017 | Zorn
    What if — and it's a crazy thought, I know, but stay with me — what if it actually isn't a good idea to allow nearly everyone to buy all the guns they want with minimal to nonexistent background checks? What if it's not just poverty, joblessness, illegal drugs, wimpy judges and fractured families causing the sort of mayhem that recently saw three kids die of bullet wounds in just two days in Chicago? What if the glut of guns is a part of it?
  • Editorial: 2 young girls shot in Chicago: This has got to stop (barf alert)

    02/14/2017 9:00:40 AM PST · by rellimpank · 17 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 14 few 2017
    Two scenes in Chicago: •Children playing basketball in a schoolyard suddenly scatter. Because it begins to rain or was time to go home? Yes, in most neighborhoods that's why children run with purpose. In parts of Chicago, children run from gunfire. They know the sound. They know they should duck. Kanari Gentry Bowers, 12 years old, is in a West Englewood elementary schoolyard with classmates early Saturday evening when they hear shots. Kanari knows to duck, her uncle says, but the kids scatter. Kanari is struck in the head by a bullet.
  • Terrifying arsenal of weapons among dozens seized in Met's gun amnesty

    02/12/2017 5:12:42 PM PST · by Lazamataz · 100 replies
    Evening Standard ^ | 2/10/2017 | DANIEL O’MAHONY
    This arsenal of firearms is among the dozens of weapons that have been taken off London’s streets during the Met’s latest gun amnesty. Since Monday 45 weapons have been surrendered across the capital as part of the Give Up Your Gun campaign, including shotguns, revolvers, rifles and handguns, Scotland Yard said. Detectives from the Met’s gang unit today urged anyone still in possession of an illegal firearm to hand it in before the amnesty ends on Sunday night.
  • Andy Shaw: To curb Chicago gun violence, look closely at NY plan

    02/06/2017 5:52:57 AM PST · by rellimpank · 6 replies
    Chicago S-T ^ | 7 feb 2017 | Andy Shaw
    Before Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson acknowledged a couple weeks ago that he’s dealing with some challenging medical issues, his top priority was legislative approval of tougher gun sentencing laws in Illinois. He’s made that clear on numerous occasions, including a recent pitch for support from the Better Government Association. Johnson’s primary concern, for now at least, should be his health, but finding ways to eradicate Chicago’s “killing fields” is still the city’s most daunting challenge.
  • Lose FOID card, keep your guns: Crystal Lake lawyer's story case in point (Illinois)

    02/06/2017 5:45:40 AM PST · by rellimpank · 18 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 6 few 2017 | Robert McCoppin and Tony Briscoe
    After allegedly finding a loaded weapon in the possession of a Crystal Lake attorney during a drunken-driving investigation, police said they made a bigger discovery when they searched the man's home: a cache of 56 handguns and rifles and thousands of rounds of ammunition. Authorities apparently had not confiscated the weapons earlier from the lawyer, Donald F. Franz, despite the fact that his arrest in January marked the second time in about nine months that he has been accused of carrying a loaded gun in his car after his firearm owner's identification was revoked, court and police records show. He...
  • Everytown: Trump and NRA are ‘completely out-of-step’ with American people

    02/04/2017 11:35:46 AM PST · by rktman · 34 replies
    guns.com ^ | 2/3/2017 | Andrew Shepperson
    Gun control group Everytown for Gun Safety was not happy about the National Rifle Association’s presence at a Wednesday strategy meeting at the White House, making their concerns known on social media. In a Thursday Facebook post, Everytown displayed a photograph of NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre seated next to President Donald Trump and added the following critique of the pairing: A picture is worth a thousand words, and in this case, none of them are good. Just yesterday, NRA leader Wayne LaPierre sat right next to President Trump as he held his first meeting about his Supreme Court...
  • Editorial: Let’s hear it for keeping gun silencers from shooters (barf alert)

    01/24/2017 5:14:37 AM PST · by rellimpank · 25 replies
    Chicago S-T ^ | 24 jan 2017
    Just as Chicago is moving ahead with new technology that could help reduce gunfire deaths, Congress and the Illinois Senate are considering misguided bills that could shoot Chicago’s effort to pieces by making gun silencers easily available. Chicago’s new technology, called ShotSpotter, alerts police as soon as bullets start flying, instead of making them wait for a phone call. Officers can respond more quickly — sometimes within seconds. By arriving faster, detectives are more likely to find witnesses, and crime scene personnel have a better chance of scooping up evidence, such as shell casings. Victims can get medical care faster....
  • Officials have duty to Nevadans to make background checks work (barf alert)

    01/15/2017 7:12:09 AM PST · by rellimpank · 8 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | 15 jan 2017
    Christmas just kept coming last year for the NRA crowd in Nevada. Three days after the holiday, Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt gave them another gift when he announced that the November ballot measure on universal background checks had hit a roadblock. Cue the Charlie Brown music. Based on the chorus of smug comments about how opponents of the initiative had warned voters all along that it was flawed, the types who can’t drink enough NRA Kool-Aid had quite a celebration. Here’s hoping they had plenty of fun, because now it’s time to get back to the important job of...
  • Gun silencers are nothing to fear

    01/14/2017 5:41:04 AM PST · by rellimpank · 53 replies
    fxtribune ^ | 14 jan 2017 | Steve Chapman
    In "The Godfather," a Mafioso prepping young Michael Corleone to assassinate some rivals gives him a pistol for the job. After firing a bullet into the cellar wall, Michael complains, "Ow! My ears!" His friend says, "Yeah, I left it noisy. That way, it scares any pain-in-the-ass innocent bystanders away." The Corleones would have had little interest in a bill that would allow gun owners to obtain silencers without the federal permits required since 1934. Some people like the deafening boom of a gunshot. Most shooters don't, and the National Rifle Association is pressing for enactment of the proposed Hearing...
  • Idiot tries to rob gun store - receives instant justice

    01/10/2017 4:21:40 PM PST · by PROCON · 50 replies
    liveleak.com ^ | Jan. 9, 2017
    Two armed men chose the wrong place to attempt a robbery Monday morning, when an employee at the Cobb County gun shop confronted them and shot one dead at the scene, Cobb County police said. The two men entered Dixie Gun and Pawn at 11 a.m. and attempted to rob the business. A store employee happened to be armed and exchanged gunfire with the men, striking one of them. The robbery suspect died at the scene, police said. The other suspect fled on foot. Police said Monday afternoon they have no information about him. The worker was not injured and...
  • 'Upbeat' attitudes on display at Rapid City gun show

    01/08/2017 7:13:18 AM PST · by rellimpank · 7 replies
    Rapid City Journal ^ | 08 jan 2017 | Hannah Hunsinger
    The last time there was a new president elected for the United States, attendance at Rapid City’s annual gun show spiked. This time, attitudes in the community are much more relaxed. “Over the past year, sales and attendance at gun shows has been down a little bit, but that comes after a giant increase we had since 2008. In 2008 and 2012 for this show, we had like 22,000 people come through here in a weekend,” said Lee Rohrer, one of the event organizers and member of the Rapid City Rifle Club.
  • Study: Stand Your Ground led to increase in homicide cases

    01/06/2017 4:23:20 AM PST · by rarestia · 73 replies
    BayNews9 ^ | Friday, January 06, 2017, 12:04 AM EST | Cheryn Stone
    New medical findings link Florida's Stand Your Ground law to a significant increase in gun deaths. JAMA Study: 24.4% increase in homicide associated with Stand Your Ground Study authors say findings should be used to make informed decisions A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association states implementing Stand Your Ground in Florida is associated with a 24.4 percent increase in homicide and a 31.6 percent increase in firearm-related homicide in the state. "So the implication of these findings is that almost immediately after Stand Your Ground was enacted, rates of homicide and firearm homicide have gone...
  • Boom: Record 27 million guns bought in 2016

    01/04/2017 7:27:13 AM PST · by C19fan · 19 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | January 4, 2016 | Paul Bedard
    Driven by terror threats and a potential Hillary Rodham Clinton administration, sales of guns in America soared to record levels in 2016, according to the FBI. Just released FBI background check numbers, which roughly equate gun sales, totalled some 27,538,673, 4 million more than in 2015 and nearly double the number in President Obama's first year.
  • Is Donald Trump Going to Take Away Your Gun?

    01/02/2017 6:33:47 AM PST · by rellimpank · 52 replies
    Capital Times ^ | 2 jan 2016
    From November 8 (the day of the 2016 Presidential Election) to November 11 (the end of the week of the election), shares of Sturm, Ruger (NYSE: RGR) stock fell 26% while Smith & Wesson (NASDAQ: SWHC) stock fell 25%. Which kind of begs the question: What the heck is going on here? Are investors in gun stocks afraid that Donald Trump will take away their guns? Donald Trump? President-elect Trump says he's a "2nd amendment person." But could that position change? Image source: Getty Images.
  • Why California’s new gun laws deserve contempt

    12/31/2016 10:20:41 AM PST · by rellimpank · 27 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 31 dec 2016 | Ben Boychuk
    The arrival in 2017 of a raft of new gun control laws in California won’t amount to much, except more hassles for gun dealers and the law-abiding few. Randy Pench rpench@sacbee.com Yes, “few.” When buying a handgun, rifle or shotgun, the vast majority of people naturally will follow the law. The cost of noncompliance is too high, and the inconvenience is too great. Unless your next-door neighbor happens to traffic in illegal weapons, odds are you will go to the gun store, fill out the paperwork, endure the waiting period and get on with your life. But many otherwise law-abiding...
  • Editorial: Closing the door on a deadly year in Chicago (barf alert)

    12/30/2016 6:17:56 AM PST · by rellimpank · 24 replies
    Chicago S-T ^ | 30 dec 2016
    ---the usual sanctimonious blather --including the last sentence in this excerpt----"But in the here and now — to curb the carnage today — it is hard to overstate the importance of better gun laws and a powerful and professional police force. We strongly support new state laws to get and keep illegal guns off the street. Most significantly, we support legislation pending in Springfield that would increase minimum prison sentences for gun crimes. Illegal guns are killing our city."
  • Social Security Administration Publishes Final Rule Relating to NICS Improvement(T)

    12/28/2016 10:21:16 AM PST · by rktman · 20 replies
    blog.princelaw.com ^ | 12/23/2016 | Adam Kraut, Esq.
    It has been well reported that the Social Security Administration (“SSA”) had been passing along information of individuals that it deemed unable to handle their financial affairs to NICS for the purposes of preventing them from purchasing a firearm due to being “adjudicated as a mental defective.” In May of this year, the SSA published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking. It received over 91,000 comments relating to the proposed rule. Of those, 86,860 were identical letters submitted by various individuals of a single advocacy group, opposing the proposed rule. On December 19, 2016, the SSA published a Final Rule on...
  • Getting serious about curbing gun violence

    12/22/2016 6:02:31 AM PST · by rellimpank · 39 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 22 dec 2016 | Tony Munoz, Kwame Raoul, Elgie Sims, Mike Zalewski
    The gunshots that rang out just after midnight last September sent youths in the neighborhood running scared. One 22-year-old man was killed. Three others, just passing by at the time of the altercation, were injured by the gunfire. Sound familiar? It's not a scene from Chicago. This shooting, stemming from a "spilled drink," happened near the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus.
  • EU states reach difficult compromise on firearms

    12/21/2016 8:55:20 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 12/21/2016 8:41 (updated: 10:04) | By Aline Robert | EurActiv.fr | Translated By Samuel White
    EU countries finally accepted the Commission’s proposal to strengthen firearms regulations on Tuesday (20 December), after the executive agreed on a number of compromises. EurActiv France reports.Presented in the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks on 13 November 2015, the revised firearms directive was the subject of long and tortuous negotiations. It led to a widespread mobilization of pro-firearms lobbies across Europe, supported by politicians on the extreme right, the center-right and the political center. […] The executive originally wanted a complete ban on the most dangerous semi-automatic weapons, including assault rifles like the AK47 and the AR15. The Commission...
  • The New York Times’ Fictitious Image of Gun Carriers

    12/21/2016 5:30:39 PM PST · by rellimpank · 13 replies
    National Review ^ | 21 dec 2016 | Thomas Sowell
    Sometimes someone inadvertently performs a public service by bringing an unbelievably stupid and dangerous idea to the surface, where it can be exposed for what it is. The New York Times can be credited — if that is the word — with performing this public service in a recent editorial against proposals to allow law-abiding citizens to carry concealed guns. They refer to what they call the National Rifle Association’s “fantasy that citizens can stand up to gunmen by shooting it out.”
  • CA Gun Sales Surge Ahead of 'Assault Rifle' Ban

    12/21/2016 6:14:28 AM PST · by rktman · 27 replies
    pjmedia.com ^ | 12/20/2016 | Liz Sheld
    Californians are rushing to purchase the evil AR15 semi-automatic "assault" rifle before a new ban goes into effect on January 1, 2017. Governor Jerry Brown signed the gun-control measure into law back in July and with a 10-day waiting period for all gun sales, time is running out to purchase the gun and take possession before next year. All of these newly purchased guns must be registered with the state before the deadline kicks in on Wednesday, December 21.
  • Gun Sales Surge in CA Ahead of Sweeping New Gun Control Laws

    12/20/2016 12:42:00 PM PST · by george76 · 53 replies
    Fox News ^ | Dec. 20, 2016
    California is seeing a big surge in gun sales as the Golden State gets ready to enact sweeping gun control measures. Some Californians are rushing to get their hands on the AR-15, which is America's most popular rifle and a longtime target of gun control proponents. Gun sales, including handguns, are up 40 percent this year in California, while sales of semi-automatic rifles have doubled. The new laws, set to take effect January 1, will ban so-called "assault-style rifles" with easily-detachable magazines. ... today is the last day to make a purchase, since the state has a 10-day waiting period...
  • Geenen: Four years after Sandy Hook, let’s talk about gun violence (sneak attack barf alert)

    12/14/2016 10:13:14 AM PST · by rellimpank · 18 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 14 dec 2016 | Paul Geenen
    ---(snip)-- "Three of these discussions were held earlier this year, with participants sharing the goals of creating greater understanding and trust, reducing polarization, encouraging discussion and improving communication. Common ground has been identified, including agreement that penalties need to be raised for violations against our state’s concealed carry law. Several Republican state representatives and a local Republican elected official participated in these conversations, and we thank them for that."
  • High-capacity magazine ban a must for Nevadans’ safety (barf alert)

    12/11/2016 10:10:17 AM PST · by rellimpank · 23 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | 11 dec 2016
    By overwhelmingly supporting universal background checks for firearms purchases, Clark County voters made it abundantly clear last month that they were concerned about gun violence. Now, it’s time for Las Vegas-area lawmakers to go a step further to protect Nevadans and push to ban the sale of high-capacity magazines in the state. Eight states and the District of Columbia already have imposed such prohibitions, and with good reason. There’s simply no legitimate civilian use for magazines that hold dozens upon dozens of rounds of ammunition. Don’t believe us? Fine, then listen to Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo. “I’m a very...
  • Gen. Petraeus Now Pushing Gun Control(now?)

    11/30/2016 5:22:01 AM PST · by rktman · 37 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 11/30/2016 | Matt Vespa
    Gen. David Petraeus may be on the short list to be our next secretary of state, but his affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell, led to him being convicted of mishandling classified information; Broadwell had access to journals of Petraeus that contained sensitive material. I’m not so sure he’s the best pick to lead the State Department. Moreover, isn’t mishandling classified information exactly what we’re trying to avoid and what we slammed Clinton for? Well, another venture Gen. Petraeus is diving into is gun control policy (via CNN):
  • First Impression: Colt’s new Retro M16A1 Reissue

    11/29/2016 5:25:55 AM PST · by Joe Brower · 63 replies
    Guns and Tech ^ | 11/28/2016 | Timothy Yan
    Gunsite, Az, at the Colt Media Event, Colt unveiled the finished version of their new M16A1 retro build named the Colt M16A1 Reissue. We were lucky to get a sneak peek of the Colt M16A1 Reissue back in May 2016 during the NRA Annual Meeting in Kentucky. The retro rifle is built from with original Colt furniture, new manufactured receiver set and new barrel. The Colt M16A1 Reissue should be available in early 2017, if not sooner. Please click here for the rest of the story.
  • Gun Sales to Blacks and Minorities Surge After Trump Win

    11/24/2016 6:40:49 PM PST · by Timpanagos1 · 88 replies
    MSN ^ | 11/23/16 | Ben Popken
    After Donald Trump's win, Yolanda Scott is upgrading the crowbar she keeps in her purse to a small-caliber pistol. Scott, an African-American, is one of many minorities who have been flocking to gun stores to protecqt themselves, afraid Trump's victory will incite more hate crimes. "You feel that racists now feel like they can attack us just because the president is doing it," one gun shop owner told NBC News. Gun store owners told NBC News that since November 8 they're seeing up to four times as many black and minority customers —and black gun groups are reporting double the...
  • Trump's pro-Second Amendment platform could end gun sales boom

    11/24/2016 5:15:30 AM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 62 replies
    President-elect Donald Trump is expected to push to relax gun laws when he takes office, but significant changes in the firearms industry began as soon as he was elected – and some put the law of unintended consequences squarely in the cross hairs. For instance, while Trump’s unapologetic pro-Second Amendment stance may be good for gun owners, it has already dealt a blow to manufacturers, who enjoyed record sales throughout President Obama’s eight years in office. Stocks in companies like Smith & Wesson and Sturm, Ruger & Co. plunged on Nov. 9, and experts say it is because Trump’s election...
  • Bill would allow carrying concealed pistol without permit

    11/22/2016 1:42:57 PM PST · by rellimpank · 20 replies
    Rapid City Journal ^ | 22 nov 2016
    PIERRE | A Republican state lawmaker plans to sponsor a bill in the upcoming legislative session that would allow people who can legally carry a concealed handgun in South Dakota to do so without a permit. Right now, it's a misdemeanor under state law for someone to carry a concealed pistol or to have one concealed in a vehicle without a permit. Rep. Lynne DiSanto said Monday that her bill is about personal protection. "I just hope this opens the door to people considering being gun owners and having the opportunity to protect themselves and their families as it was...
  • Mexican Crime Wave, Vigilantism Prompt Calls for Citizens to Be Armed in Their Cars and Businesses

    11/22/2016 6:50:26 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | November 22, 2016 | 2:08 AM EST | Mark Browne
    A lawmaker’s proposal to loosen gun laws so Mexican citizens can arm themselves in their cars and at their businesses faces stiff opposition here despite record numbers of gun homicides and a surge in public transit robberies that has provoked a vengeful backlash by armed vigilantes. Residents of Naucalpan, a city located just northwest of Mexico City, are living in a state of “psychosis,” and “terror,” due to a wave of murders, kidnappings and robberies in recent months, according to the Mexico City daily El Universal. Armed assaults on public transit have provoked a deadly response by armed vigilantes riding...
  • Trump Releases His Plan for 2nd Amendment… Leaves Millions Furious

    11/19/2016 10:55:16 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 44 replies
    One common criticism of billionaire businessman and President-elect Donald Trump is that he far too often speaks in vague generalities and rarely offers specifics about where he stands on the issues. That is no longer the case, at least regarding his stance on gun rights and the Second Amendment, after Trump released his official policy position on his campaign website. “The Second Amendment to our Constitution is clear. The right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed upon. Period,” the position paper began. Trump went on to explain that the right to keep and bear arms is a right that pre-exists...
  • Following Election, NRA Goes On 'Offense'; Here's What It Could Aim To Do

    11/16/2016 1:08:09 AM PST · by RC one · 14 replies
    NPR ^ | November 15, 20167:44 PM | NATHAN ROTT
    "Our time is now." That's the message from Wayne LaPierre, the head of the National Rifle Association, to his group's members and gun owners across America, following last week's election.With a Republican-held Congress and Donald Trump headed to the White House — helped, in no small part, by the support of the NRA — big changes could be coming to the nation's gun laws.At an NRA-sponsored event Monday, in the desert north of Phoenix, more than 1,000 gun owners and enthusiasts gathered for a so-called 1000 Man Shoot. Men and women from 16 states lined up shoulder to shoulder to...
  • Vote Like Your Guns Depend on It (They Do)

    11/08/2016 4:59:17 AM PST · by ColdOne · 9 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 11/8/16 | Awr Hawkins
    On November 8, every gun owner and Second Amendment supporter in America needs to vote as if your guns depend on it — because they do. The contrast between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton could not be more stark than when it comes to the right to keep and bear arms. Trump has pledged to preserve that right, to maintain the Second Amendment “in its strongest form.” But Clinton has vowed to implement numerous new gun controls — including an “assault weapons” ban, a “high-capacity” magazine ban, and universal background checks, which, by the way, have already failed to stop...
  • THE WATCHDOGS: Despite promises, feds’ fight against guns lagging (modified barf alert)

    11/04/2016 7:59:50 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 6 replies
    Chicago S-T ^ | 4 nov 2016
    For all the promises from federal authorities to do all they can to help Chicago fight gun violence, their prosecutions of gun crimes here have remained stagnant, a Chicago Sun-Times investigation has found. “The Department of Justice will continue to do everything in its power to help the city of Chicago combat gun violence,” Attorney General Eric Holder said in July 2014, vowing to keep up “the federal government’s ongoing commitment to helping local leaders ensure Chicago’s streets are safe.”
  • Enforce Existing Gun Laws Last Thing Rights Advocates Should Call For

    10/29/2016 8:24:35 AM PDT · by OddLane · 10 replies
    Ammoland ^ | October 29, 2016 | David Codrea
    Two recent advocacy pieces by Second Amendment stalwarts I support have contained a call to government action that actually works counter to our interests. It’s a call that many gun owner rights advocates have innocently repeated over the years, taking their lead from NRA. It’s a call we should soundly reject that says: We don’t need new gun laws. Enforce the laws on the books. The first part, true enough. The second part, let’s talk about… We see it in a five point plan proposed by Rep. Dave Brat, the true conservative who ousted RINO Eric Cantor in Virginia (to...
  • In U.S., Support for Assault Weapons Ban at Record Low

    10/26/2016 5:43:34 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 36 replies
    Gallup ^ | October 26, 2016
    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The fewest Americans in 20 years favor making it illegal to manufacture, sell or possess semi-automatic guns known as assault rifles. Thirty-six percent now want an assault weapons ban, down from 44% in 2012 and 57% when Gallup first asked the question in 1996.
  • VIDEO OF CREAMER: "make America more like Britain when it comes to gun violence issues"

    10/26/2016 2:57:17 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 14 replies
    Youtube
    Start at 14:40 "trying to make America more like Britain when it comes to gun violence issues"
  • Editorial: Feds need to pick up game vs. gun crime

    10/25/2016 5:03:35 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 16 replies
    Chicago S-T ^ | 25 oct 2016 | Thomas Frisbie
    Can we get a little help here, Mr. Fardon? Chicago is beset by gun crimes. Just over the weekend, shootings took the lives of six and wounded 32 more. So far this year, there have been more than 3,550 shootings, nearly 20 percent more than all of last year. To fight this scourge, we need all hands on deck. So why isn’t the U.S. attorney’s office here, headed by you, Mr. Fardon, doing more to combat gun violence? In an analysis published in Sunday’s Sun-Times, reporters Mick Dumke, Frank Main and Jon Seidel show that federal weapons charges in Chicago...
  • Clinton Totally Botched The D.C. vs. Heller Case

    10/20/2016 7:55:58 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 64 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 19, 2016 | Christine Rousselle
    During Wednesday's debate, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton made a rather curious claim about the District of Columbia v. Heller Supreme Court case: D.C. was merely trying to "protect toddlers," and the Supreme Court didn't accept the "reasonable regulation." Hillary on Guns Just one small issue: that's not at all what Heller was concerned with. Prior to the Heller decision, the District of Columbia's restrictions on handguns weren't what anyone would call "reasonable." The Firearms Control Regulations Act of 1975 was a complete and total ban on the private ownership of handguns--even by trained police officers and by people with a...
  • Gun-free Waffle House location robbed twice in 3 weeks

    10/07/2016 6:05:03 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 16 replies
    Guns ^ | 10/04/16
    The chain of late-night hash brown and egg joints has long held a “no guns” policy but that hasn’t stopped a Georgia location from being repeatedly robbed at gunpoint. Headquartered in Norcross, Georgia, the breakfast chain has some 2,100 locations in 25 states, primarily in the South, but robbers have targeted a restaurant in the Newnan area twice in the last month. As reported by The Newnan-Times Herald, the McCollum-Sharpsburg location in Coweta County was targeted by two armed men around 11:20 p.m. Sunday night. While no customers were in the cafe, Troy Foles with the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office...
  • One gun's journey — 42 bullets fired, 2 killed, 5 wounded (barf alert)

    10/09/2016 7:33:15 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 37 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 09 oct 2016 | Annie Sweeney
    The young woman arrived home to find a footprint still visible on her front door. Her South Shore apartment had been broken into, and the small safe she kept under her bed was missing, along with the black .40-caliber Glock handgun she kept inside. Over the next year, that Glock would fire 42 bullets, leaving shell casings scattered on walkways, porches and side streets. In the hands of a street gang, the gun was used in at least five separate shootings that left two dead and five others wounded, police say. Officers found the weapon — loaded with 21 rounds...
  • Gun-Show Customers’ License Plates Come Under Scrutiny (need a link)

    10/03/2016 5:20:40 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 27 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 02 oct 2016
    ---I can't find a link that works for this article--if someone out there could help , it would be appreciated---
  • Malls, stores consider new ways to protect shoppers

    09/30/2016 7:38:56 AM PDT · by PROCON · 50 replies
    AP ^ | Sep. 30, 2016 | ANNE D'INNOCENZIO
    NEW YORK (AP) — More sophisticated cameras. Security robots. Customers feeling shaken by recent attacks at U.S. malls may not notice huge changes — but mall operators are testing and putting in place new technologies and other measures to offer people more protection without intruding too much on their shopping time. Mall executives say shoppers have been adamantly opposed to airport security tactics like metal detectors. So they're trying other things, and increasingly using mass notifications that let them send text and email alerts to tenants within seconds in case of a crisis.
  • Editorial: More blood in the news cries out for saner gun laws

    09/28/2016 4:02:59 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 47 replies
    Chicago S-T ^ | 28 sept 2016
    Three important news stories this week, taken together, cry out for saner gun laws in Illinois — beginning with tougher penalties for gun crimes. In the first story, a man charged with shooting and killing another man near Millennium Park on Saturday was reported to have a criminal record that should have precluded him from even being on the street. The suspect, Paul Pagan, 32 had been arrested 39 times and was twice convicted for pointing a gun during an argument. He has convictions for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, reckless conduct, marijuana possession and possession of a stolen...
  • Activists converge on downtown Glencoe, pushing gun control (barf alert)

    09/27/2016 4:27:39 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 16 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 27 sept 2016 | Irv Leavitt
    Irv Leavitt "I just want to be a neutral," in the gun control debate, said Stephanie Macakanja. "I really try not to be political." But she agreed Saturday to allow a "no-guns" sticker on the front door of her two-year-old Glencoe gift shop, Blacksheep General Store, 346 Park Ave. "If they came in here one-on-one, we might have had a longer conversation," she said. "But when they came in here en masse — just give me the sticker." Northbrook gun-control activists Lee Goodman and Nancy Goodman, joined by about two dozen members of their group Peaceful Communities and members of...
  • 'Playing guns,' spaghetti Westerns and our violent gun culture

    09/26/2016 5:11:12 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 55 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 26 sept 2016 | John Blades
    I grew up with guns. Along with my boyhood pals, I grew up coveting, collecting and running wild with guns. "Let's play guns!" was our sham battle cry during those innocent years, the 1940s and '50s. While girls were jumping rope and playing jacks, we boys were shooting up the neighborhood. Depending on the season, we were just as likely to have been playing baseball, basketball or football. But "guns" was our sport for all seasons, fair weather and foul, indoors and out. From prekindergarten years until adolescence, guns had a powerful grip on our imaginations and our sporting lives,...
  • Baltimore councilman introduces replica gun ban

    09/21/2016 12:45:23 PM PDT · by PROCON · 26 replies
    guns.com ^ | Sep. 20, 2016 | Christen Smith
    A Baltimore City Council member introduced a replica gun ban Monday criminalizing the possession of any toy or imitation weapon “that can reasonably be perceived to be a real firearm.” Councilman James Kraft told The Baltimore Sun he sponsored the legislation “to protect the city’s youth.” In April, city police officers shot 14-year-old Dedric Colvin in the shoulder and leg on a street in East Baltimore. Colvin was carrying a BB gun officers said resembled a semiautomatic pistol. Similar incidents have unfolded across the country. Last week police officers in Columbus, Ohio, shot and killed 13-year-old Tyree King after...
  • Question 1 a first step in eroding Nevada’s gun laws

    09/21/2016 3:41:04 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 5 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | Stavros Anthony
    In a recent editorial (“NRA’s wailing doesn’t drown out facts on background checks,” Sept. 4-10 edition), The Sunday claims the Question 1 gun-control ballot initiative is an “attempt at reasonable gun control” and portrays opponents as “fear-mongering.” But in the same breath, The Sunday acknowledges expanded background checks would will not solve gun violence and adds, “it is a step in the right direction.” That means that if the state were to adopt Question 1, which would criminalize virtually all private firearms transfers, gun-control supporters would immediately be calling for even more gun-control laws. That is exactly how it has...
  • Gorka: This Is 'Guerrilla Warfare' & We've Seen It All Before

    09/19/2016 7:52:58 AM PDT · by george76 · 19 replies
    Fox News ^ | 9/19/2016
    "I look at the last two years and I see the Islamic State fighting a two-front war," Gorka said on "Fox and Friends" this morning. "They're using violence in the region - in Iraq, in Syria, in Libya - to consolidate and expand the territory they hold ... and they are promoting attacks on the soil of the infidel." He described recent attacks in Paris, Brussels, Nice and Orlando as "guerrilla warfare." "That's exactly what we've seen in New York and in New Jersey this weekend," Gorka said, adding that a bloody knife attack at a Minnesota mall Saturday evening...
  • Mayor Landrieu signs city's new gun safety ordinance into law(New Orleans)

    09/14/2016 11:19:33 AM PDT · by rktman · 28 replies
    wdsu.com ^ | 9/12/2016 | Kelsey Davis
    At a news conference Friday, Mayor Mitch Landrieu, in partnership with City Councilmembers Jason Rogers Williams and James Gray and New Orleans Police Superintendent Michael Harrison announced a new city ordinance aimed at promoting gun safety in New Orleans.