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2020: an election year, a Global Pandemic, and worldwide protests. And it's only August! All of these events have undoubtedly contributed to multiple shortages in the U.S.. Guns and Ammo are currently one of the resources in high demand.
There is an influx of first time gun owners, and plenty of seasoned carriers finding reasons to stock up. Both are most reportedly due to fear of the uncertainty of the future. According to a Newsy/Ipsos survey, 1 in 20 households report that they've bought a gun in response to the coronavirus outbreak. Additionally, they found that 1 in 10 have considered purchasing a firearm because of the coronavirus.
The FBI disclosed that they have seen a 300% increase in background checks on March 16th compared to the same day last year. In June alone, 3.9 million background checks were conducted nationwide, setting a record, according to published reports. A number of these could also reasonably be attributed to people that had held off to renew their permits because of COVID.
Similarly to other businesses, shortages are spurred by “panic buying”. Manufacturers have not been able to replenish stock due to factories being shut down to curb the spread of the virus. Ammunition and firearms alike are being greatly affected by this crimp in the supply chain. More purchases are giving business a good boost, but at the same time, they are confronted with less available inventory.
A firearms sales manager in Jacksonville Florida reported that ammo is costing more right now because he's not able to buy it wholesale. “We’ve already been told from the manufacturers maybe late fall, and it could be pushed into winter or 2021 until we get a lot of the product,” he said. He also added that concealed carry classes in high demand right now and many of the students are first time gun owners.
An article from NRA American Hunter suggests that folks looking to buy ammo broaden their searches. "With many businesses shuttered, the best sources for ammunition is found online; that supposes, of course, that it’s legal in your state to make purchases via the internet—sometimes it’s not."
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The first thing to consider when an emergency occurs is the increase in concern for personal safety. With this, we typically see a rapid increase in sales, which can lead to a depleted supply chain. This increase in demand can certainly help every retailer’s bottom line but it can also result in hoarding, straw purchasing and unauthorized reselling. The ideal time to craft a crisis plan is before you need it. Although that may not always be possible, it’s never too late to implement a strategy. Listed below are some basic protocols to help protect your business, your inventory and, most importantly, your staff and the public.
**Before a crisis:**
(1) Analyze your safety and security plan for yourself and your key employees. Do you have the necessary personal safety supplies, equipment and resources available to manage through the expected duration of the crisis?
(2) Review your staffing and communication plan with staff to identify individual roles and responsibilities and back-up plans.
(3) Review and implement any plans and recommendations you may have already received from local authorities and agencies.
(4) Discuss minimal operating duties and expectations for the staff and business and plans for security if a business shutdown occurs.
(5) Document your crisis process if possible. A plan is always better executed when guidelines and instructions are put in writing.
(6) Test your burglar alarms, security camera systems and back-up power supplies and check that your alarm call response list is current.
(7) Purchase additional chains, security cables and commercial-grade padlocks for extra security on doors where appropriate.
(8) Discuss how to secure and protect your bound books for retrieval and reference after a crisis. This should include having a back-up storage process for electronic acquisition and disposition systems.
**During a crisis (open for business):**
(1) Prepare for a sudden increase in customers and purchases, particularly those in the personal-defense realm. This should include discussing the need for setting or limiting conditions for sales, limiting/extending operating hours, maintenance and use of business systems including POS, security cameras and alarms and availability of operating supplies.
(2) Keep staff security and safety in focus. Make available to the staff any personal protection equipment (PPE) that may be warranted based on the crisis.
(3) Contact your vendors to place orders for critical items and ask what their plans are for continuing operations. Place additional orders to prevent disruption in your supply chain if possible.
(4) Secure your firearms and ammunition. You may opt to restrict access to display firearms and high-demand ammunition.
(5) Be prepared to limit customer purchase quantities to avoid hoarding.
(6) During a crisis, a firearm often becomes an essential part of a personal survival plan. Good customer service would include selling the appropriate ammunition with each firearm. Your first-time customers will expect that ammunition is available for each firearm purchased.
(7) Ensure all procedures for 4473 reviews are maintained. In times of increased sales and customer traffic, this may mean designating a particular staff member or manager, if possible, to perform an extra review of all 4473s.
(8) Secure your inventory receiving area. Loading dock bay doors should be closed and locked unless a shipment is in the process of being off-loaded, and carriers and their loads should be verified for authenticity before permitting unloading.
(9) Maintain timely acquisition and disposition of firearms via your A&D book.
(10) Ensure all firearms you’re selling are “received” correctly before sale. This means verifying purchase orders against shipments and having incoming firearms properly logged in your A&D book. With the latter, take the extra time to verify that all serial numbers are taken from the firearm themselves, not the box they came in or the invoice.
(11) During a crisis-induced increase in gun sales, expect delays with the NICS system. If warranted, create store signage to inform your customers of these special circumstances and others such as “All firearms sold at the discretion of the business owner,” “Ammunition limited to one box per customer,” etc.
(12) Beware of straw-purchase attempts. Qualify your new and unfamiliar customers by establishing the purpose for the purchase, determine their level of knowledge and familiarity, and remain vigilant.
(13) Show one gun at a time. You may incur many new customers during a crisis so, review all new-customer protocols with your staff. One best practice is to always request and hold a valid photo identification before showing firearms to an unfamiliar customer.
(14) Create a team codeword or phrase that alerts other staff to suspicious customers or situations.
(15) Be ready to close and cease operations if determined by local authorities or crisis circumstances.
(16) Use caution and stay alert when arriving at or departing from your business. Travel in teams or groups to ensure personal safety, avoid dangerous situations and deter criminal activity, and perform a perimeter inspection when arriving each day by driving around the premises and looking for signs of forced entry or vandalism.
**During a crisis (closed for business):**
(1) Use signage on your front and rear doors to inform the public that “All guns removed and secured after hours” to deter burglary attempts.
(2) Ensure burglar alarms and cameras are functioning properly.
(3) Expect some level of possible civil unrest. Secure your firearms efficiently and out of public view if you must discontinue operations and vacate the premises.
(4) Wipe down showcases each night so that latent fingerprints can be gathered after a burglary.
(5) Notify your vendors to discontinue shipments until further notice.
(6) Create email, website and voicemail communications informing customers about the status of your business, whether closed or operating under limited hours
(7) If you have to vacate and secure your firearms until business can return to normal, relocate all display and stock gun safes to main entry areas of your facility, including front doors, emergency egress doors and receiving doors, to act as barriers and establish an extra layer of protection against burglary attempts.
(8) Consider removing firearms from easy-to-access areas including glass display cases and wall racks and store them inside locked stockrooms and gun safes. Display and stock gun safes can easily be converted to be used for unplanned long-term secure storage.
(9) Use braided steel cabling and high-grade steel padlocks to lock and secure guns in place if they cannot be moved to a vault or other secure area.
(10) Park extra vehicles in front of vulnerable areas, including front doors, glass windows and receiving areas where bollards are not installed to deter smash-and-grab burglaries.
(11) Have a plan for quickly responding to every burglar alarm notification.
(12) Advise local law enforcement about your firearms and location security plans during any evacuation periods.
Through the COVID-19 fiasco, the firearm industry, like many others, is being impacted. Impacts include delays within the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check (NICS) System.
The NICS staff experienced more than a 300% increase compared to this same time period in 2019. Wait times have increased from between five and eight minutes to two days.
As we’ve seen in the past with other national events, people often take advantage of their Second Amendment rights during times of uncertainty.
While much of the NICS System is automated and yields an immediate “proceed” or “deny” determination, transactions that result in a delayed status require the work of NICS examiners to investigate whether the transaction should be approved. With daily volumes roughly double that of last year, the NICS team is unable to begin investigations on all delays within three business days, creating a backlog in the delayed checks.
Some states offices and agencies are considering options to protect the health and safety of their employees, which may include a reduction in staff or a temporary closure.
The NICS Section is working overtime to get through the backlog, and we appreciate their hard work and open communication. FFLs need to know that the FBI is on the job and working diligently to address the dramatic response and increase in background checks experienced over the past few days.
Regardless of your situation, these are stressful times for everyone. Uncertainty and fear can really take a tole on one’s mental and physical health. Quoted is a helpful and relevant blog post from AFSP.
> Human beings like certainty. We are hard-wired to want to know what is happening when and to notice things that feel threatening to us. When things feel uncertain or when we don’t generally feel safe, it’s normal to feel stressed. This very reaction, while there to protect us, can cause all sorts of havoc when there is a sense of uncertainty and conflicting information around us.
A large part of anxiety comes from a sense of what we think we should be able to control, but can’t. Right now, many of us are worried about COVID-19, known as the “Coronavirus”. We may feel helpless about what will happen or what we can do to prevent further stress. The uncertainty might also connect to our uncertainty about other aspects of our lives, or remind us of past times when we didn’t feel safe and the immediate future was uncertain.
In times like these, our mental health can suffer. We don’t always know it’s happening. You might feel more on edge than usual, angry, helpless or sad. You might notice that you are more frustrated with others or want to completely avoid any reminders of what is happening. For those of us who already struggle with our mental wellness, we might feel more depressed or less motivated to carry out our daily activities.
It’s important to note that we are not helpless in light of current news events. We can always choose our response. If you are struggling, here are some things you can do to take care of your mental health in the face of uncertainty:
Separate what is in your control from what is not. There are things you can do, and it’s helpful to focus on those. Wash your hands. Remind others to wash theirs. Take your vitamins. Limit your consumption of news (Do you really need to know what is happening on a cruise ship you aren’t on?).
Do what helps you feel a sense of safety. This will be different for everyone, and it’s important not to compare yourself to others. It’s ok if you’ve decided what makes you feel safe is to limit attendance of large social events, but make sure you separate when you are isolating based on potential for sickness versus isolating because it’s part of depression.
Get outside in nature–even if you are avoiding crowds. I took a walk yesterday afternoon in my neighborhood with my daughter. The sun was shining, we got our dose of vitamin D, and it felt good to both get some fresh air and quality time together. Exercise also helps both your physical and mental health.
Challenge yourself to stay in the present. Perhaps your worry is compounding—you are not only thinking about what is currently happening, but also projecting into the future. When you find yourself worrying about something that hasn’t happened, gently bring yourself back to the present moment. Notice the sights, sounds, tastes and other sensory experiences in your immediate moment and name them. Engaging in mindfulness activities is one way to help stay grounded when things feel beyond your control.
Stay connected and reach out if you need more support. Talk to trusted friends about what you are feeling. If you are feeling particularly anxious or if you are struggling with your mental health, it’s ok to reach out to a mental health professional for support. You don’t have to be alone with your worry and it can be comforting to share what you are experiencing with those trained to help.
We are in this together, and help is always available. If you’re feeling alone and struggling, you can also reach out to The Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741741 or National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK.
Although exact numbers are not yet available, by all indications there has been an influx of new gun owners- undoubtedly due to the Corona-virus crisis. There is perhaps no better time to get familiar with firearms and how to handle them safely than during a quarantine!
A great place to start is knowing the four fundamental safety rules for firearm handling. They are:
1. Always point a firearm in a safe direction.
2. Keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to shoot.
3. Treat every gun as if it were loaded. Keep it unloaded until you’re ready to use it.
4. Know your target and what’s around it, including beyond it.
In addition, the NSSF advises 10 Commandments of Firearm Safety. After the first four listed above, they are:
5. Use correct ammunition.
6. If the gun fails to fire, keep it pointed in a safe direction. Unload it, then inspect it.
7. Always wear eye and ear protection on the range.
8. Before shooting, ensure the barrel is clear of obstructions. Never look down the muzzle end of a firearm.
9. Don’t alter or modify your firearm and have it serviced frequently.
10. Learn the mechanical and handling characteristics of your firearm.
But that's not all folks, there are plenty more points to consider and implement!
Guns, when not carried or in use, must be locked and kept beyond the reach of others. The most basic, yet effective method, is to use the cable lock manufacturers include with every new gun. When properly used, this lock will run through the firearm’s action, rendering it inoperable. Other options include lockboxes, small key and digital combination entry safes, biometric safes and traditional upright safes for storing multiple firearms.
Familiarize yourself with your firearm-
Read the Manual! Make sure to read and thoroughly understand the user manual included with your firearm. If for whatever reason the manual is missing, most manufacturers have them available on the internet.
Ask for help! Make sure to find reputable and qualified instruction. This is where local firearm ranges come in handy. Nearly all of them offer some type of introduction to firearms. For the time being however, there are plenty of online resources that will get you by just fine. Check out YouTube videos, Blogs, Forums, and reputable websites.
New gun owners should know they are welcomed into our community of law-abiding gun owners. We are always eager to help and pass on learned information and practices. Guns can be intimidating (and should not be taken lightly), but the Gun Community is home to some of the most friendly and good humored people.
Here is some state-by-state COVID-19 information and resources for FFLs.
(Updated as of 3/25/20.)
[Read more on...](https://www.nssf.org/covid19/)
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) recently issued an emergency rule that places a temporary ban on the movement of all farmed white-tailed deer in the state.
The emergency rule, which was put in place on December 23, 2019, “is a temporary, emergency action to reduce further spread of chronic wasting disease and protect Minnesota’s wild deer,” according to a MDNR press release.
The rule comes after a farm-raised white-tailed doe tested positive for CWD in Douglas County in western Minnesota. The farm, a small hobby farm, has provided deer to and received deer from, other farms within the state.
Originally, MDNR put in place a voluntary ban on the movement of all farmed white-tailed deer within the state, but ultimately decided that a mandatory ban for 30 days was the best cause of action.
CWD is one of the most significant threats to the future of healthy deer populations, deer hunting, and conservation that we have ever encountered. It is a neurological disease that affects deer, elk, and moose. Infected animals with clinical symptoms become emaciated and exhibit abnormal behavior including lack of fear of people, drastic weight loss, stumbling, listlessness, and loss of bodily functions. It may take more than two years for an infected animal to develop symptoms, but the disease is 100 percent fatal, and there is no known cure.
CWD is highly contagious, and the infectious agent known as prions may be passed in feces, urine, blood, and saliva. Recent research suggests that infected prions can also bind to soils and vegetation where it can be later taken up by animals. Currently, the best way to curb the spread of CWD is to limit or ban the movement and transport of live animals or potentially infected animal parts. “The National Deer Alliance fully supports MDNR’s decision to put in place a temporary ban on the movement of all farmed white-tailed deer within the state,” said NDA policy and outreach coordinator, Torin Miller. “We appreciate the state’s proactive approach to protect wild deer and to take the time necessary to investigate the situation and develop a plan of action.”
CWD was first detected in Minnesota in 2002. Since then, 73 out of more than 90,000 tested wild deer have been confirmed positive for CWD. For a full list of test results, including locations of confirmed positive tests, visit mndnr.gov/cwdcheck.
[Read More at Ammo Land](https://www.ammoland.com/2020/01/nda-supports-mn-dnrs-emergency-action-to-temporarily-halt-movement-of-farmed-deer/#axzz6BJxsc0RE)
The December 2019 National Instant Background Checks System (NICS) numbers were the highest month of last year, at 2,936,894 checks for the month.
2019 saw the most background checks ever done in a single year, with 28,369,750 checks done in 2019.
In December of 2019, permit checks were 343,649, and rechecks were 1,000,887. This shows that rechecks are becoming much more common than permit checks. The growth in the number of permits nationwide, almost certainly now over 19 million, is bound to increase the number of permit rechecks.
Even with a large number of permits and permit rechecks, the overall number of firearm sales appears to be up slightly over 2018. Small Arms Analytics estimates the 2019 gun sales numbers to be about 13.9 million vs 13.8 million in 2018.
The Lawful Interstate Transportation of Firearms Act of 2019 was recently introduced by Senator Daines (R-MT). This legislation improves a provision from the 1986 Firearms Owners Protection Act governing the interstate transport of firearms that is currently known as 18 USC 926A. This new legislation changes the current language of the law with new language to prevent Second Amendment hostile states from prosecuting people traveling with guns.
“This is about protecting law abiding gun owners and their right to safely transport their firearms,” Daines said in a release, “Montanans want their 2nd Amendment rights protected and that’s what I’m fighting for.”
Imagine all of the stops that you make while traveling-staying at a hotel, buying a meal, getting gas, calling AAA for a tow, getting your car fixed, seeking medical attention, or any other emergency. Under current law, if you run into the wrong cop or are in the wrong local jurisdiction, you risk being arrested and prosecuted for violating the licensing laws in place in the state you are in.
The law would also require probable cause before local law enforcement could make an arrest, places the burden of proof on the state, and allows for a recovery of attorney’s fees in a criminal proceeding. The law also provides for the pursuit of civil litigation for those who are arrested in violation of the provisions of not only 18 USC 926A, but also 18 USC 926B and 18 USC 926C, and successful cases could see attorney’s fees awarded.
It isn't ideal that we even need a law in place like this, but it is a huge step in the right direction!
When actors become criminalized for carrying props on set
Despite Bellario’s explanation, the officers elected to arrest him under charges of weapons possession for the fake gun. According to some sources a BB gun is considered a firearm in the state of New Jersey and regulated as such.
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August 2018's firearms sales came to 1,001,981 units. This shows a decline of 6.3% from August 2017. Handgun sales (529,087) fell by 5.6% and long-gun sales (399,884) fell by 8.8% compared to last year. The first 8 months of 2018's U.S. firearms sales reports 8.8 million units. The first 8 months of 2017 showed 9.2 million units sold, and 10.2 million units sold in the first 8 months of 2016.
Small Arms Analytics & Forecasting’s firearms unit sales estimates are based on raw data taken from the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), adjusted for checks likely to be unrelated to end-user sales. The FBI’s raw numbers (for August, some 2,026,309, the highest August number on record) cannot be taken at face-value as very large numbers of background checks are unrelated to end-user sales. For example, in August the state of Kentucky conducted about 394,000 so-called permit checks alone whereas end-user checks at firearms retailers likely amounted to just over 16,000 checks.
The second annual NRA Carry Guard Expo has been cancelled. It was scheduled for Sept. 14-16, 2018, to be hosted at the Greater Richmond Convention Center in Richmond, Virginia. It was cancelled due to the anticipated arrival and dangers associated with Hurricane Florence. Those who already bought tickets will be refunded. They are not going to reschedule for this year, but welcome all to next years, to be hosted in Texas.
The cancellation was made in the interest of public safety due to the forecasted arrival of Category 4 Hurricane Florence in the mid-Atlantic region this forthcoming weekend, and the resulting declaration of a State of Emergency by the Governor of Virginia. This decision required careful deliberation and concern for the safety of attendees, exhibitors and others involved with the event.
In October, SIG SAUER Academy will host Handgun and Rifle Courses in Texas at Reveille Peak Ranch. The handgun series (Handgun 101-104) will take place October 10th – 14th. ANd the Rifle series (Rifle 101-102 and Defensive Rifle) will take place October 25th – 28th.
SIG SAUER Academy, the leading provider of the highest quality firearms instruction and tactical training in the world, is pleased to announce a series of foundational handgun and rifle course offerings at Reveille Peak Ranch in Burnet, Texas for October 2018.
Levi Strauss & Co. has announced their somewhat contriversial plan to support gun violence prevention. Their first measure is the Establishment of a “Safer Tomorrow Fund” to finance anti-gun nonprofits and youth activists; The second is Partnering with Michael Bloomberg “to form Everytown Business Leaders for Gun Safety.”; and the third and last is Matching employee contributions to groups aligned with the fund and providing them with five hours per month paid time off to volunteer and participate in political activism.
“I’m not here to suggest we repeal the Second Amendment or to suggest that gun owners aren’t responsible,” Bergh weasel-worded. “In fact, as a former U.S. Army officer, I took a solemn oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States. But as retired four-star general Michael Hayden once said, ‘There are some weapons out there that frankly nobody should have access to. And actually, there are some people out there who should never have access to any weapons.’”
The newly created Airgun Sporting Association was founded in part by SIG AIR (the airgun division of SIG SAUER, Inc). This association is aiming to get more air gun rights and understandings in the mainstream hunting world.
Studies show from the Crime Prevention Research Center that Concealed Carry permits are on the rise. Since this past year, there are now 17.25 million #ConcealedCarry Permits in the US. 890,000 of those permits have been obtained in just the last year.
This new report also comes as students across the country prepare to go back to school and states like Texas are leading the way with armed guards to protect teachers and students while other states still lag behind. There are currently eight states that also allow teachers to carry weapons in all primary school settings.
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has proposed using taxpayer money to buy teachers firearms.
Earlier this year Texas and Oklahoma asked the Department of Education whether they could use federal funds to purchase guns and training for their teachers.
With hunting seasons fast approaching, it is important to stay up to date on hunting laws. California hunters especially must be informed on the new non lead ammuntion laws. Contact the California Department of Fish and Wildlife or visit their website to get the latest.
A suburb of Tokyo, Japan was renovating an elementary school and found tons of weapon relics. They found 1,400 military rifles/machine guns,1,200 swords, and eight practice grenades. These weapons were all dated to pre-1945, and have the rust to prove it. When Japan surrendered in September 1945 most of the arms and equipment turned in was scrapped, exported, or dumped into the sea. But in the case of these weapons, they were buried by in mass quantities.
A Tokyo suburb is working on clearing a cache of long-buried ordnance unearthed while working on a local elementary school.
Last weekend in Southwestern Germany 18,000 residents were evacuated when a WWII unexploded bomb was found. The huge1,100-pound bomb had been sitting undiscovered for about 70 years! The bomb was quickly defused and residents were able to return to their homes.
Some 18,000 were evacuated from Ludwigshafen on Sunday after a WWII-era unexploded bomb was discovered. The industrial city in the Rhineland, known today as the home of chemical giant BASF, was a ripe target for Allied bombers in 1943-44 due to its key wartime production facilities.
Since its launch on July 31,CodeIsFreeSpeech.com has generated 1.491 million hits and has more than 10,000 new visitors per week. The website has free downloadable codes for 3D printing guns.
The site hosts free downloadable code and instructions to make seven different firearms. The Firearms Policy Coalition along with other California-based gun rights groups launched the website as a way to counter efforts to close access to the DIY files. They argue public access to the files is a free speech issue rather than a gun rights issue.
The #DumpShopify program provides a free year of e-commerce website hosting from the only e-commerce platform built 100% for the gun industry, to all Shopify customers who had their stores shut down for violation of the new gun ban. And in an effort to raise awareness of the tech industry's hidden anti-gun policies, #DumpShopify provides 50% off a full year of website hosting to any and all gun-related customers. Contact Gun Rodeo now...
This week, Canadian e-commerce host Shopify changed their company’s #firearm policy with disastrous effects for law-abiding U.S. gun businesses that use their e-commerce services. Shopify’s abrupt overnight decision to block the sale of specific firearms is a reversal of their previous business model and creates financial hardship on gun shops that currently use Shopify. One example of a company impacted by Shopify’s gun policy is Franklin Armory.
What are your thoughts on Shopify's new policy? Let us know in the comment section below.
Currently in South Africa, new laws are voiding gun licenses if they are not renewed within 90 days of the expiration. This means that gun owners that do not renew within the deadline are in possession of an illegal firearm. AKA about 400,000 South Africans are in violation of this law and will be required to turn in their weapons to the nearest police station to be destroyed.
Under section 24 of the law, gun owners must renew their license within 90 days of the expiration date. If gun owners did not renew their so-called “white license” within the 90-day time frame, then the license would be considered canceled. This stipulation would mean anyone who did not renew their license within 90 days of their license's renewal date would be in possession of an illegal firearm.
Folks in Arkansas now have another weapon option for Deer #Hunting season. #AirRifles of at least .40-caliber that produce at least 400 ft. lbs. of energy at the muzzle and are charged from an external tank are now a viable option for Deer hunters in the state. Keep in mind this doesn't mean you can go out and shoot at things with a Daisy Red Ryder or a pump pellet gun!
Deer hunters will be able to pursue their game with one more option this season, thanks to a recent regulation change by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. During the annual hunting regulations review process, commissioners voted to legalize large-caliber air rifles that meet certain standards for deer hunting during modern gun season.
Sponsored Posts involving Gun accessories on Facebook will now be restricted to 18+ users. This does not censor posts from pages or friends you may follow, only the companies that pay to have ads on the site.
Beginning Thursday the social network will start restricting paid ads for gun accessories to an adults-only audience. Facebook said the policy shift, announced last week, doesn’t affect posts from friends or pages, just ads that vendors pay the network for distribution into an individual’s regular feed as a “sponsored” post.
Big bore airguns have been approved for use in the 2018 hunting season by the Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission. Hunters will be allowed to use airguns .35 caliber and larger to hunt Deer, Elk, Bear, and Turkey.
The Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission has announced that starting with the 2018 hunting season, big bore PCP air guns .35 caliber or larger such as the .357 Caliber Benjamin Bulldog will be legal to hunt Deer, Elk, and Bear during the Tennessee Modern Gun Season. The Benjamin Pioneer Airbow will be legal means to harvest Deer, Elk, Bear and Turkey during the Modern Gun Season for all hunters and during the archery season for disabled hunters.
The Laurens County School District in Georgia will soon start to allow Select staff members to conceal carry a firearm. This policy won't be mandatory or open carry and the staff member must complete a special training program .
Laurens County is the first school district in Georgia to make a policy that allows for armed teachers and other staff members according to the Georgia School Boards Association. Other school districts and other states have been allowing armed teachers, and none of the schools with armed teachers and staff have had a mass shooting.
The record number of Background checks was broken this past April with 2,223,213 checks. The previous record was set in April 2016 with 2,145,565 checks.
The total NICS checks for the first four months of 2018 numbered 9,354,635. That is 6.8% higher than the first four months of 2017, which numbered 8,756,657. 2018 is on track to replace 2017 as the year with the second highest number of NICS checks. The record was set in 2016.
Louisiana is following the example of several states that have recently repealed bans on automatic knives.( This includes switchblades, spring knives and similar styles.)
The American Knife & Tool Institute (AKTI) applauds the Louisiana Senate for passing HB 892, which repeals the prohibition on automatic knives in the state. The bill, sponsored by Representative Mark Wright, R-77, will repeal the archaic state laws that impede on the rights of law abiding citizens of Louisiana.
In Brazil over Mother's Day, an armed man approached a group of women and children. It is unknown whether he was attempting to rob or kidnap the individuals. An armed police officer (not in uniform) was present and without hesitation she shot the man close range in the chest. He was later pronounced dead. Just goes to show how important and life saving it can be to act quickly and be familiar and comfortable with your weapon!
It happens fast, and we see women frantically trying to pull their children away! Among the women present was a police officer, not in uniform. She carried a pistol in a handbag (brand of handbag unknown). Her pistol was an autoloader, but brand and caliber are unknown. Realizing what was happening, she courageously pushes past several children, while simultaneously presenting her pistol. The instant her muzzle points at the suspect’s chest, she fires.
From 2008 to now, the firearms industry has risen 169%. It has gone from 19.1 billion in 2008 to $51.4 billion in 2017.
The total economic impact of the firearms and ammunition industry in the United States increased from $19.1 billion in 2008 to $51.4 billion in 2017, a 169 percent increase, while the total number of full-time equivalent jobs rose from approximately 166,000 to almost 310,000, an 87 percent increase in that period, according to a report released today by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the industry’s trade association.
Louisiana has repealed their ban on automatic knives. Automatic knives include 'any switchblade knife, spring knife, or other knife or similar instrument having a blade which may be automatically unfolded or extended from a handle by the manipulation of a button, switch, latch, or similar contrivance located on the handle'.
The American Knife & Tool Institute (AKTI) applauds the Louisiana House of Representatives for Passing HB 892, which repeals the prohibition on automatic knives in the state.
Colorado Springs, CO., recently repealed their local ban on switchblades and gravity knives.
It's always good to hear stories about folks who conceal carry and are able to save the day because of it. At West Maypole Avenue Church of Christ a man announced he was going to rob the place during a bible study. Luckily, someone in that study was legally armed and had his #concealedcarry permit and was able to stop the situation before it escalated into another all too familiar tragedy.
On Wednesday, 28 March, 2018, the West Maypole Avenue Church of Christ was having a Bible study that started at 7:30 p.m. At 8:09 p.m., the study was interrupted by 27-year-old Kenneth Baines, who announced an armed robbery. A 57-year-old armed church member was seated inside. The church member was legally armed and had a concealed carry permit.
Small Arms Analytics & Forecasting (SAAF) estimates March 2018 firearms sales at 1,594,988 units, a year-over-year increase of 11.4% from March 2017.
California’s 2013 Unsafe Handgun Act requires 2 microstamps to be placed on a cartridge when a bullet is fired. This is said not to be possible with current technology, so a trial is underway.
The challenge of a California law requiring gun manufacturers to implement technology that may not yet exist landed at the California Supreme Court on Wednesday, raising questions about potentially impossible rules and standards.
The MSRPA has filed a lawsuit against Maryland regarding their policies on carrying firearms. The law states that someone must have a good and substantial reason before obtaining a concealed carry permit. So if you wanted a permit for self defense, you would have to provide proof of a recent attack on yourself or a specific threat.
The Maryland State Rifle & Pistol Association (MSRPA) announced that it has filed a lawsuit today challenging the State of Maryland’s restrictions on carrying handguns outside the home.
Stand up for your #secondamendment rights on April 14th by participating in this country wide event. Check in on NCCPA's website or facebook to see if this march is coming to your state capitol.
That group is the National Constitutional Coalition of Patriotic Americans (NCCPA), and it is hosting pro-Second Amendment rallies called “Americans for America.”
The article linked shows the official white house fact sheet, showing Trump's immediate action plans to help keep our schools safe.
President Donald J. Trump is making sure our schools are safe and secure, just like our airports, stadiums, and government buildings.
Ironically, during a gun safety lecture, this California school teacher(and reserve police officer) accidentally fired the gun he was using as a prop. He pointed it at the ceiling, pulled the trigger, and it discharged. One student was injured and severe property damage was inflicted. He is awaiting charges and his gun safety lecture has been suspended indefinitely.
Last week, a California school-teacher, who is also a local reserve police officer, and an outspoken anti-gun Democrat, brought his issue-G21 to a school classroom to serve as a “prop” during his now-famous “gun-safety lecture!”
STOP stands for Student, Teachers, And Officers Preventing School Violence Act. This measure will provide funding to give schools what they need to stop a #schoolshooting before it happens.
A measure — supported by two leading gun rights groups — to appropriate some $50 million per year for school safety systems passed with overwhelming support in the House last week.
#YouTube has recently announced that they are going to prohibit some gun related videos on their site. This included videos that includes: guns or some accessories such as bump stocks or magazines capable of holding more than 30 rounds for private sale,manufacturing ammunition, guns, or suppressors or how to install or modify certain accessories. The ban will be in effect in the next month.
A new policy modification on how the video-sharing giant monitors certain content featuring guns has some feeling the pressure.
This is absolutely ridiculous! You would think that Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida would be one of the most heavily secured places right now. But after a deputy was spotted taking a nap in his car on duty, maybe not. He was suspended with pay, and an investigation is underway.
A deputy assigned to secure Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida has been suspended after he was spotted taking a nap in his car.
We hear too often of tragedies and school shootings, but it is refreshing to hear a story where a massacre is avoided. Maryland officer Blaine Gaskill took down a student that fired several rounds, unfortunately severely injuring two students. The shooter has been pronounced dead.
Local authorities released a photo of the school resource officer credited with stopping a school shooting in southeastern Maryland on Tuesday.
Kroger subsidiary #FredMeyer has announced their decision to stop selling firearms and ammo. They reportedly already have been limiting that department, as demand from customers has been decreasing. They have also removed #gun related magazines from their shelves.
The chain announced they are exiting the business of firearm retail citing declining sales and a need to optimize floor space. The news came Friday that Fred Meyers, a branch of the Ohio-headquartered Kroger supermarket chain, will “responsibly phase out” selling guns and ammunition. According to figures reported by the Idaho Business Review, Fred Meyer has gun departments at 45 of its 132 stores in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington.
Axel Fernando Galvez is facing 46 months in prison for manufacturing and selling firearms without a license. He plead guilty and admitted to going to several different sources for parts to build #firearms in order to appear less suspicious. He was caught because he sold to an undercover agent.
A California man could spend just shy of four years behind bars for making and selling short barreled AR-style rifles and silencers without a license. A federal judge sentenced 37-year-old Axel Fernando Galvez, of the Watts neighborhood in Los Angeles, to 46 months in prison after he plead guilty in December to two counts of unlicensed manufacturing and dealing in firearms.
This 11% Tax on Guns and Ammo goes to help fund school programs and have more counselors available to help school children. Ideally with more counselors available, more children and teens with mental illness will get the treatment and help that they need. Hopefully this can stop at least one #schoolshooting !
A California lawmaker intends to gut and amend a bill on agriculture to apply an additional tax on firearms and ammunition to fund school programs. The measure, AB 2497, was introduced last month as a minor tweak to California’s Agriculture Day but moving forward will morph into a proposal that would provide counselors and armed officers to schools. The funding for the initiative would come from an as yet to be determined tax rate on gun and ammo sales.
Who ever would have thought such a huge company like Remington would fall into $950 million of debt?! That number is almost unfathomable! There wasn't much specific information out there as to how they got so deeply into debt, but it sounds like it has a lot to do with gun sales declining over recent years. They lost $28 million when Hillary Clinton lost the presidential election, thinking that she would win they manufactured extra product and built a stockpile, anticipating her to continue Obama's #guncontrol regime. The fate of #Remington is unknown, it will probably be sold either in pieces or as a whole, if they are able to find a buyer willing to take on all of that debt!
Remington Outdoor Company updated a restructuring support agreement with lenders this week, putting the gun giant days away from filing for bankruptcy protections. In Monday’s agreement, Remington laid out a timeline that set March 18 as the deadline to file a case in federal bankruptcy court. With Chapter 11 protections, the company would continue operating while negotiating with creditors and the court to restructure its nearly $1 billion debt load.
A Utah Police Officer was attacked by a man stealing items from a charity's donation bin. Luckily, someone with a concealed carry weapon stepped in and was able to deter the attacker by threatening to shoot at him. Just goes to show that you can never know when something is going to happen, it pays to be prepared!
On February 2nd, 2018, just before 2 p.m., a man knocked down a Springville, Utah police officer and was viciously punching him. The suspect had fractured the officer's eye socket when an armed good Samaritan, Derek Myer, saw the situation, did a quick U-turn, pulled his gun and stopped the attack.
A couple of years ago, the ATF's electronic filing system was eradicated, meaning all applications and paperwork had to be processed and filled out on paper by hand. As you could probably guess, this created an immense amount of extra work for ATF employees. Hopefully this upcoming funding increase will allow the ATF to hire more staff to lighten the heavy load that current employees are dealing with!
The Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms, and Tobacco looks to be getting much needed additional funds for its NFA branch. The NFA branch is responsible for reviewing applications and issuing tax stamps for such items as suppressors, short-barreled rifles, and short-barreled shotguns. Under the new Justice Department FY2019 budget, the ATF would receive funding to hire an additional 25 more employees to help with the growing backlog of NFA firearm applications. Some in the industry have called the delays in issuing tax stamps an artificial roadblock to the people's right to keep and bear arms.
Police didn't respond the way that they were trained to in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School tragedy in Parkland, Florida. Law enforcement are supposed to confront the suspect as soon as they arrive on scene, but they didn't in this case. In all fairness, One could imagine that it would be a daunting and downright scary task to be the one to take down a school shooter. But that is simply no excuse as more lives were lost than should have been because of the delay in action. The officer in question, Sheriff Israel, received a warning letter becasuse he had not successfully completed the course in 2016.
The lesson plan clearly states: “If you are on scene or in the area and hear gunshots, you should immediately access what you have and prepare to respond. Remember, every time you hear a gunshot in an active shooter incident; you have to believe that is another victim being killed.” The lesson plan lists “priorities of life” as: 1) Hostages/victims; 2) Innocent Bystanders; 3) Police/deputies; and 4) Suspects. “If in doubt about going through the door after a suspect, think about the victims and where they stand on the list.”
All Kinds of firearms from pistols to AR-15's, even some assembled from miscellaneous parts were seized by the FBI. They came from a group that allegidly has laundered tens of millions of dollars for the Sinaloa Cartel. Along with tons of cash and huge quantities of various drugs, of course. Its kind of discouraging to know that the FBI spent months, tons of effort, and money and only found six million dollars when this particular cartel's income is around three billion dollars. That means that just about a days worth of cash for these guys. Wow. Thats kind of unfathomable!
For a month, starting on February 9th, 2018, until March 8th, the FBI has been involved in an operation to arrest people and seize cash, drugs, and guns from a group of suspects who are alleged to have laundered tens of millions of dollars across the United States and Mexico for the Sinaloa Cartel. Six million dollars were seized in cash, 22 lbs of fentanyl, 138 lbs of heroin 209 lbs of methamphetamine, 202 lbs of cocaine, and 554 lbs of marijuana were seized. 70 people were indicted and 20 firearms were seized, including semiautomatic rifles and handguns.
The National Shooting Sports Foundation ( #NSSF ), the trade association for the #firearms , #ammunition , #hunting and shooting sports industries, announces its support for President Donald Trump’s plan to help ensure children are kept safe and that firearms remain beyond the reach of prohibited individuals while respecting the rights of law-abiding firearms owners.
“We are encouraged by President Trump’s proposal that includes NSSF-backed legislation that would allow the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) to work as intended by providing incentives for states and require federal agencies to upload all disqualifying criminal and mental health records for those involuntarily committed or adjudicated dangerously mentally ill,” said Lawrence G. Keane, NSSF senior vice president and general counsel. “We support proposals that bolster school security and respect constitutional rights including the right to due process and the rights of young adults to purchase firearms for hunting, sports shooting and their own self-defense. We expect the commission announced today will return recommendations for meaningful reform.”
NSSF launched the FixNICS® campaign in 2013 and worked successfully to reform laws in 16 states, resulting in an increase in the number of disqualifying mental health records in NICS to nearly 5 million, from about 1.7 million, a 200 percent increase. NSSF previously endorsed S. 2135, the Fix NICS Act by Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), which topped 62 cosponsors. NSSF also warned against infringements on Second Amendment Rights by instituting age-based gun bans, restricting sales of firearms to adults between the ages of 18-20.
Members of the firearms industry share the goal of all Americans in wanting to see violence in our society reduced and our communities and children made safer. The industry welcomes the opportunity to participate in the national conversation that will help us all achieve our shared goal. NSSF has long advocated for effective solutions to help prevent access to firearms by unauthorized individuals including criminals, children and the dangerously mentally ill who should not have access to firearms.
Since the tragic #massshooting at a #Florida high school last month resulted in efforts to restrict firearms ownership by young adults, the Second Amendment Foundation has experienced a 1,200 percent increase in the number of 18- to 20-year-olds joining or supporting the organization, #SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb reported today.
“We normally don’t get that many members or donors in that age group,” Gottlieb noted, “since the gun rights movement typically trends toward older Americans. But the 18- to 20-year-olds have never been specifically targeted before, and they are obviously alarmed. This influx of young Americans into the gun rights movement is important, not just to respond to the current gun control threat, but as the movement has gotten older, it is encouraging to see so many young adults getting involved in support of Second Amendment rights.
“SAF has always conducted leadership training conferences,” he continued, “but now we’ll increase our emphasis on a younger audience, to integrate them into leadership roles.” Gottlieb became aware of the spike in younger memberships after three weeks of almost non-stop news and editorializing about preventing young adults from buying firearms, especially modern sporting rifles. The issue really intensified after legislation was signed in Florida to raise the age limit on firearms purchases, and at least two national chains imposed their own restrictions.
“It’s important to note,” Gottlieb said, “that this interest surge has been organic on the Internet. SAF did nothing special to make it happen. They have really done this on their own, finding us on the Internet and following up. “I want young adults in the 18-to-20 age group to know they are welcome in the gun rights movement,” he stressed. “While the media has paraded high school students to push a gun control agenda, the age group that is now being targeted by that effort is energizing, and showing that there is another side to this controversy.”
Last week, President Donald #Trump enacted high #tariffs on imports of #steel and #aluminum. Why in the world would the U.S. steel and aluminum industries press the president to levy heavy tariffs? The answer is simple. Reducing the amounts of steel and aluminum that hit our shores enables American producers to charge higher prices. Thus, U.S. steel and aluminum producers will earn higher profits, hire more workers and pay them higher wages. They are the visible beneficiaries of Trump's tariffs.
But when the government creates a benefit for one American, it is a virtual guarantee that it will come at the expense of another American — an unseen victim. The victims of steel and aluminum tariffs are the companies that use steel and aluminum. Faced with higher input costs, they become less competitive on the world market. For example, companies such as John Deere may respond to higher steel prices by purchasing their parts in the international market rather than in the U.S. To become more competitive in the world market, some firms may move their production facilities to foreign countries that do not have tariffs on foreign steel and aluminum. Studies by both the Peterson Institute for International Economics and the Consuming Industries Trade Action Coalition show that steel-using industries — such as the U.S. auto industry, its suppliers and manufacturers of heavy construction equipment — were harmed by tariffs on steel enacted by George W. Bush.
Politicians love having seen beneficiaries and unseen victims. The reason is quite simple. In the cases of the steel and aluminum industries, company executives will know whom to give political campaign contributions. Workers in those industries will know for whom to cast their votes. The people in the steel- and aluminum-using industries may not know whom to blame for declining profits, lack of competitiveness and job loss. There's no better scenario for politicians. It's heads politicians win and tails somebody else loses.
#PyramydAir , the world’s largest online #airgun retailer, is holding its 5th Annual Pyramyd Air Cup Competition at the Tusco Rifle Club in New Philadelphia, Ohio September 21st through the 23rd.
The Cup brings shooters nationwide together for one of the most dynamic competitions in the airgun world. In anticipation for the event, three new Gunslynger Target Competition Packages will be offered through Pyramyd Air. These new packages feature the same targets used at the Cup to bring the excitement of the event to airgunner’s backyards.
Last year’s PA Cup saw record attendance as the most attended Field Target event in the country, hosting over 100 airgunners from as far away as Puerto Rico. In addition to Field Target and Gunslynger Events, Pyramyd Air will repeat the popularity of the 2017 Cup with customers by offering 20% off all on-site sales.
“This year's competition promises to be our biggest event yet,” says Val Gamerman, President of Pyramyd Air. “Each year we introduce more people to the sport of airgunning by bringing in the best airgun sharpshooters around with multiple events and challenging courses. All participants, regardless of whether they're amateurs or professionals, are invited to compete for the top spots. Beyond that, it’s a great way to meet people just as passionate about this sport as we are.”
Airgunners who want to practice their skills before September have the opportunity to purchase three new GunSlynger target packages at PyramydAir.com. These new packages include official GunSlynger targets, banners for personal ranges, and even allow shooters to host their own shooting competitions with chances to win Pyramyd Air Gift Cards.
The United States #ConcealedCarry Association ( #USCCA ) will be hosting its annual expo in Louisville, Kentucky from April 13th through April 15th. The Concealed Carry Expo is a consumer show dedicated to opening a world of tactical ingenuity and training to responsible gun owners. The Expo offers safe and practical seminars from industry experts, a live-fire shooting range to test new handguns, and a huge selection of gear, services, and information from our trusted industry partners.
Seminars such as Mitigating the Active Shooter Threat in Our Schools, Protecting Our Places of Worship: Church Safety and Security Training, and Countering the Mass Shooter Threat will address evolving threats in our society and explain how responsible gun owners can best prepare to defend themselves in emergency situations.
Women’s issues in self defense are also addressed in seminars such as Protecting Yourself from Sexual Violence: Being Prepared for Threats and Understanding a Victim’s Response and Women’s Issues in Self Defense Law. The expo will also feature a panel of female experts to answer questions from attendees. Additionally, The Women’s Concealed Carry Showroom will allow participants to test out women-specific carry options.
“We are all very excited about this year’s USCCA Concealed Carry Expo in Louisville,” said Tim Schmidt, Founder & President of the United States Concealed Carry Association. “From seminars with industry experts on some of the most pressing issues of our time, to the live-fire shooting range, the reality-based training center and all the vendors and attendees, you won’t want to miss this incredible event.”
Tyler Watson, 20 years old, has filed a lawsuit against #Dicks Sporting Goods and #Walmart for age discrimination.
The 20-year-old man from Oregon filed the lawsuit in two separate counties after both retailers refused to sell him a Ruger rifle because he was under 21 years of age according to a report from Oregon Live. In recent days both retailers raised the minimum age to buy a rifle from 18 to 21 citing the school shooting in Parkland, Florida where Nicholas Cruz killed 17 of his former classmates with a rifle. At the time of the shooting Cruz was 19 years old.
In the days after the school shooting, Congress has been facing increasing pressure to raise the minimum age to buy a rifle from 18 to 21. It appears that this gun control push will fail in Congress, but some retailers have caved in to the anti-gun groups such as the Bloomberg funded, Everytown For Gun Safety. In some situations, a rifle as simple as a Ruger 10/22 might be the right answer. According to the lawsuit, Watson first attempted to buy a .22 caliber Ruger from a Field & Stream store in Medford, Oregon on February 24th, 2018 and he was denied due to his age. Field & Stream is a subsidiary of Dicks Sporting Goods which also changed their age policy for buying rifles from 18 to 21.
Watson then tied to buy a rifle from a Walmart store in Grants Pass. Walmart once again denied Watson per their new age policy of not selling any firearms to anyone under the age of 21. Federal law states that the age for buying a handgun is 21, but the age requirement for buying a long gun is 18. “He was really just trying to buy a rifle,” said, Watson's attorney, Max Whittington. Whittington seems to be implying that Watson did not know about the new age policies of the stores when he attempted to purchase the rifles. Dicks Sporting Goods announced the official change to the gun sale policy on February 28th, 2018 even though it was in effect on February 24th, 2018 when Watson first tried to purchase a rifle from the Field & Stream store. This timeframe lending credence to Watson's lawyer's implied claim.
Watson is suing to end the discriminatory practices put in place by the retailers. He is also suing for an undisclosed amount in damages. The lawsuit is the first in the nation to challenge the new age restrictions on long gun sales that have been put in place by some retailers such as Walmart and Dicks Sporting Goods. I tried reaching out to several attorneys to get their opinions on the legality of store discriminating against people who are legally old enough to by a long gun. The central question in the case is if these stores violated Watson's civil rights by denying him the sale based on his age. In Colorado, the state fined Masterpiece Cakeshop for discriminating against a gay couple by not baking their wedding cake. The fine has been held up in the federal courts and is currently in front of the United States Supreme Court. None of the lawyers were willing to go on record before reading the suit. One lawyer did state that the case could be problematic for the plaintiff. Randy Hargrove, a spokesman for Walmart, told a reporter from Oregon Live that the mega-chain will fight the lawsuit. “We stand behind our decision and plan to defend it,” Hargrove said. “While we haven't seen the complaint, we will respond as appropriate with the court.” This court case could have major implications nationwide. *Dicks Sporting Goods did not respond to our request for comment.
When you have over 400 million #guns in a country with a population of over 330 million, one-in-a-million odds do not look too bad. In this case in #NewJersey , a teacher ended up in school with a loaded gun in her bag – by accident.
In December of 2017, Karen Horen was 70 years old and teaching at a New Jersey school. It is understandable when you consider her annual salary, as a home economics teacher, is $70,339. She came to work at the school and briefly left her bag outside in the hallway, unattended, for a few minutes as she spoke to someone in the school office. She came back, went to her classroom and noticed the pistol in her bag.
Sgt. Joseph Robertazzi was the school security officer on duty that day. Horen told him she had found a loaded gun in her bag and “did not know why or how it go there,” according to the police report. “She thought someone put it in her bag while it was unattended in the school hallway,” the report states. When Somers and Detective Sgt. Peter La Rocca arrived, they asked a “visibly disturbed and upset” Horen if she thought the gun could have come from her Point Pleasant home. She said no. The gun was a silver .32 caliber North American Arms Guardian model. The handgun magazine was found fully loaded with six bullets, which Robertazzi had disarmed, Somers said.
Police checked surveillance video of the hallway. No one appeared to have approached the bag or to have tampered with it. Then the police checked the pistols serial number. It belonged to Ian Horen, Karen's husband. Karen was dismayed that the gun belonged to her husband. She had no idea how it came to be in her bag. Police investigated. It turned out that Karen had taken some money from the family safe. The NAA Guardian pistol was normally stored in the safe, next to the envelope containing the money.
“I subsequently learned from Investigative Personnel that Karen Horen had gone into the family safe to retrieve money for Christmas shopping and may have accidentally and inadvertly had the firearm fall or be placed into her bag without her knowledge,” Robertazzi wrote. The NAA .32 Guardian is one of the smaller pocket pistols on the market. It is not hard to see how it could be unnoticed in a bag that contains a number of other materials. The weight of an average handbag is over five pounds. The NAA .32 Guardian weights about one pound.
No charges were brought against Karen Horen or her husband Ian. The New Jersey police showed common sense, something often lacking when speaking of New Jersey Police and guns. There were over 771 million passenger trips through TSA secured airports last year. With that number of people traveling, in a nation with over 400 million privately owned firearms, 3,957 ended up with a firearm unintentionally carried in their carry-on luggage. Karen Horen's story shows one of the many ways it can happen.
#Dick's is once again bending to the enormous pressure of the elite media and other parts of the Progressive political machine. Dick's CEO has fully caved. Dick's has gone all out for the #politicallycorrect response. It is the easy thing to do when faced with enormous pressure. It takes courage to oppose the group-think sponsored by nearly all the national media. Dick's now supports enacting extreme controls, far beyond any laws now in place.
Dick's now supports: Banning assault-style firearms – by many definitions, this would be most semi-automatic rifles, shotguns, and pistols in the country, and would include many pump action shotguns; Forbidding the sale of guns to adult citizens under the age of 21 – It is hard to see how this would pass constitutional muster; Banning high capacity magazines and bump stocks – Bump stocks have only been used once in a mass murder. “High capacity” usually refers to standard capacity magazines for most rifles and pistols; Banning private sales by requiring government permission before any gun is sold – This requires a national registration of guns to be useful.
None of the recent mass murders would have been affected by this proposed legislation. There is no evidence that any of these measures would prevent future mass school murders. Even in Australia, the extreme gun laws, similar to these proposals in many ways, did not reduce mass shooting in schools. Dick's once again takes the easy, “politically correct” action. It is far easier than opposing the emotionally driven agenda.
Is it me? Or does anyone else find it strange that Kroger's grocery store sells guns?
Technically, they sell guns at their other property: Fred Meyer. And Fred Meyer just started an age-based ban on gun sales. But it proves this point: if your "local gun store" is owned by SuperMegaDynaCorp, then your "local gun store" is a joke. God forbid SuperMegaDynaCorp gets some bad gun press, cuz if it does, your "local gun store" will be closed faster than a Keanu Reeves movie.
Which is why we should always SHOP LOCAL PEOPLE! Because SuperMegaDynaCorp doesn't care one lick about neighborhoods or the people in them...
...food giant Kroger, which owns the Fred Meyer chain of general merchandise stores, today took additional steps to end sales of semi-automatic weapons and imposed a new ban on sales of all firearms and ammunition to law-abiding Americans under the age of 21.
Following an announcement by Dick’s Sporting Goods CEO Edward Stack, WalMart announced that it, too, is taking steps to impose an age-based ban on #firearm and #ammunition sales, and removing items “resembling assault-style rifles, including nonlethal airsoft guns and toys” from their online ecommerce website. “Our heritage as a company has always been in serving sportsmen and hunters,”—not all law-abiding gun owners, competitors, and people purchasing common semi-automatic firearms and ammunition for self-defense—Wal-Mart said in its February 28 statement.
Following in Dick’s and Wal-Mart’s footsteps, food giant Kroger, which owns the Fred Meyer chain of general merchandise stores, today took additional steps to end sales of semi-automatic weapons and imposed a new ban on sales of all firearms and ammunition to law-abiding Americans under the age of 21. “If these corporations are going to put themselves on the wrong side of a bitter culture war over our Constitution and Second Amendment rights, then law-abiding Americans are going to take their business elsewhere,” commented FPC Grassroots Director Richard Thomson. “Dick’s, Wal-Mart, and Kroger are alienating millions of their customers and going out of their way to take troubling political positions.”
But advocacy organization Firearms Policy Coalition, which opposes gun bans and age-based limits on purchases by legal adults, said that these companies and others considering similar policies should think twice. In some states, age-based discrimination in public retail establishments is illegal. According to a 2016 National Conference of State Legislatures report, over one-third of states have public accommodation or civil rights laws that prohibit age-based discrimination. And even some local governments, like Broward County, Florida—where Sheriff Scott J. Israel and the FBI failed to protect the lives of innocent people in the horrific Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting—have broad antidiscrimination ordinances that prohibit age-based discrimination in businesses open to the public.
Even setting aside the Second Amendment concerns about age-based gun bans, FPC says, some states have constitutional provisions or statutes that protect law-abiding adults’ right to keep and bear arms, which might heighten the interest in any age discrimination litigation. “If these billionaire corporate bullies are illegally discriminating against people based on their age, then maybe some 19 or 20-year-old law-abiding gun owners should sue them,” FPC President Brandon Combs remarked. “Corporate virtue signaling might be a trendy way to get clicks, but it’s going to hurt their bottom lines. And if these corporations oppose our rights and values, they deserve to take losses. Gun owners are tired of being treated like second-class citizens.” President Trump previously said that he supports a government ban on gun sales to legal adults under the age of 21. Gun owners who oppose gun control and support pro-gun legislation can send an urgent message to President Trump and Congress at www.2abattle.com.
It seems the mass murderer in #Florida did not use #magazines of a capacity over 10 rounds. This presents a minor difficulty for those who want to ban magazines over 10 rounds. The “weapon and bullets were not high quality and were breaking apart,” one of the legislators, state Sen. Lauren Book, D-Plantation, told the Herald.
Cruz went in with only 10-round magazines because larger clips would not fit in his duffel bag, Book said. Given the general ignorance of reporters on firearms technology, and of Democrats in general, I would not rely on this information until we have corroboration. Democrat Representative Lauren Book seems to have experience with child abuse and anorexia (she has written two books).
The only expertise she has exhibited about firearms is that she sponsored a bill to punish parents if a minor obtained a firearm that was not locked up. The bill would have applied the same rules to BB guns or air guns. We should know soon if only 10 round magazines were used. The use of 10 round magazines undercuts the drive to outlaw magazines of higher capacity. Debaters are always able to manufacture hypothetical situations that support their position. Marco Rubio is supposed to have said that the use of 10 round magazines supported the need to ban magazines that hold more rounds.
The reason? Because the mass murder would have been even worse with magazines with greater capacity! From time.com: Rubio visited Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school and a few days later met with its teachers. He said he was told that several people were able to escape because 19-year-old suspect Nikolas Cruz stopped and reloaded the rifle he used during the Feb. 14 attack. The Florida Republican, who was challenged by survivors and family members during a contentious meeting broadcast on CNN on Wednesday, said this is “evidence in this case that it saved the lives of some people.”
We have one of the highest casualty mass murder school shootings in our history, supposedly with 10 round magazines. That is taken to be evidence to ban magazines that hold more than 10 rounds. No matter how bad an event is, a hypothetical can always be made to say it could have been worse. This is a typical debate tactic for infringements on the Second Amendment. The laws proposed seldom have much to do with the crime being used to push an emotional argument. It is an opportunity to pass legislation that would never pass with calm reflection.
On 18 January 2018, the #LasVegas Metropolitan #Police Department (LVMPD) released a preliminary report on the #massmurder committed on 1 October 2017.
The report is unusual, a unique response to the public clamoring for facts after the shooting. Ordinarily, the LVMPD does not release information about an ongoing investigation. This is an ongoing investigation and is not a complete report. However, the report lists a number of preliminary conclusions that many people will disagree with. Whether you disagree or not, the report contains a wealth of information and provides significant amounts of valuable data for those who are interested and attempting to understand the event, how it occurred, and what the shooter did in the years and weeks previous to the shooting from Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.
There are excellent diagrams and pictures of the scene and the layout that make clear many of the confusions about the event. A detailed inventory of the firearms found in the Mandalay Bay suite consisting of rooms 32-135 and 32-134 provides significant information. Time references to the numerous times that the shooter took luggage to the suite makes it clear that there was no difficulty in the shooter bringing the 23 AR-15 and AR-10 clones, 1 bolt action .308 rifle with scope, and 1 revolver to the suite without fear of detection.
The shooter brought five suitcase bags with him on September 25th. The shooter rolled one bag, and a bellman took the other four bags on a luggage cart. On 26 September, the shooter brought six suitcases and one rolling suitcase to the Mandalay Bay. The six suitcases were brought up by luggage cart with a bellman. The rolling suitcase was brought by the shooter. This movement of luggage was with a different bellman than on 25 September. On 26th September the shooter was seen in the valet area of Mandalay bay with two rolling suitcases. It appears he left the Mandalay Bay with the two suitcases, then returned on 28 September with two rolling suitcases.
On September 30th, the shooter brought more suitcases to his room, which was now the suite of 32-135 and 32-134. On October 1st, the shooter brought two more rolling suitcases and a bag into the Mandalay Bay. In total, over a week and in at least four different events, the shooter, using rolling suitcases, luggage carts, and bellmen, moved at least 17 pieces of luggage in the Mandalay Bay. None of this was even remotely a cause for alarm. Those of you who have spent any time traveling and using hotels know that the movement of five, six, or seven large suitcases into room and suites is a commonplace occurrence. All of the rifles found in the suite could easily be disassembled into components that can fit into a large suitcase. Some of the suitcases may have been used more than once.
All of the rifles and the revolver are identified by manufacturer and serial number in the report. There were 13 AR-15 clones with 100 round magazines and bump stocks. This meant that the shooter would never have had to change magazines to shoot the number of cartridges expended. One AR-15 type rifle had a 40 round magazine. One AR-15 type rifle did not have a magazine in it. That shows 15 AR-15 type rifles in the suite. There were Six AR-10 clones with 25 round magazines and two AR-10 clones without magazines in the rifles. There was one Ruger scoped bolt action rifle chambered in .308. One Smith & Wesson model 342 AirLite Ti .38 revolver was found with four live rounds and one fired cartridge case in the cylinder. The shooter had purchased 29 firearms from 1982 to September 2016. Of the firearms found in the Mandalay Bay suite, only the revolver had been purchased before September 2016.
On Wednesday, February 21, 2018, it was reported that within a 24-hour span, two unattended #handguns were found inside two separate restrooms at UT-Austin.
The handguns have since been claimed by their owners, who are both license-to-carry (LTC) holders. Law enforcement and university officials are still determining if any legal or disciplinary action will be taken against the two individuals.
Students for Concealed Carry Southwest Regional Director Quinn Cox issued the following statement: “As explained by UTPD, incidents like this are extremely rare, and for these two incidents to occur in the same week, at the same university is quite an anomaly. LTC holders have a responsibility not to put themselves or others in danger. The two events should serve as a reminder that LTC holders must be mindful of the location and condition of their firearms at all times.”
“This type of incident most commonly occurs when a license holder is new to concealed carry or frequently changes his or her manner of carry in order to accommodate different styles of clothing. We at Students For Concealed Carry recommend that all LTC holders adopt a consistent restroom routine that allows them to continuously maintain control of their firearms.”
#Lawenforcement officers will impound #firearms when no crime has been committed. This is driven by a fear of “not doing enough” combined with the demonization of firearms. Law enforcement hesitation and fear of litigation have combined to legalize the theft of firearms.
In Florida and many other states, it is a common problem that harms numerous innocent victims. Often, the victims have no choice. The guns are taken by force. Other victims are asked for permission, but not warned of the consequences of agreeing to the request by law enforcement. Here is an example out of Florida: From wfsu.org: “The son—being vindictive—called law enforcement, and said, ‘my father threatened to commit suicide,’” said Byrd. “Law enforcement went out to the home, talked to the father, no one was using drugs, no threats had been made, [and] there was no alcohol. They said, ‘hey, do you have any firearms in the home? Let’s just make sure everything’s calmed down.’ He said, ‘ yes,’ and turned over the firearms. A few days pass, he goes to get them back, and then they said, ‘we need a court order.’ So, he hired an attorney, filed the court order, and the Sheriff’s office came in and had no objection. They didn’t say, hey, we still think there’s a problem.’ They just didn’t object.”
In order to get his gun back, Byrd’s client had to pay a court filing fee of $400, and thousands of dollars more in attorney’s fees. The client was never warned. He was trying to be a good citizen and cooperate with the officers. For his cooperation, his property was taken and the agency would not return it. The reason usually given is that the agency fears liability action if they return the property without a court order. In Florida, the law requires a court order, when a “breach of peace” is specified. Florida Representative Cord Byrd, (R)- Neptune Beach, has introduced legislation to rectify this system of legalized theft of firearms. The bill, H6013, removes the Florida provision requiring a court order to return a firearm whether the firearm was taken by an officer with or without a search warrant, upon viewing a breach of peace.
The “breach of peace” statute is being used in Florida to justify the impounding of the firearms and failing to return them unless a court order is obtained. Many firearms cost less than $400. The filing fee alone, for a legal action, costs $400. “Breach of the Peace” has become an easy way to legally steal firearms. At least one Democrat likes the current system and wants to keep it, because it does not require an actual crime, or any due process, to confiscate the firearms. Still, Rep. Cynthia Stafford (D-Miami) says some “domestic violence” disturbances could fall under the “breaching the peace.” That’s because law enforcement may respond to a call—disturbing the peace—involving an abuser who may not be charged with a crime.
“What if there is no civil injunction, or no type of protective order in place,” she asked. “And, there is a 911 call, domestic violence, there’s a weapon in the house, law enforcement arrives, there’s no arrests made, they take the gun…so, they’re to then give it back when they just had a dv call, even though there’s no arrest made, again? Representative Stafford appears to love hypotheticals. What if… In the rule of law with due process, the hypothetical “what if” is not valid. With the scenario she has created, anyone could simply phone in a domestic violence call, and have an innocent person's property confiscated. These sort of situations happen all the time. There is virtually no practical recourse for the person who is victimized. There is almost never prosecution for the people who make false calls. Representative Cord Byrd's bill H6013, has passed the Florida House, 88 to 74. It still needs to be introduced in the Senate. If it is introduced there, and passed, it will need to be signed by the Governor.
#MichaelMoore is not a fan of President #Trump in the least. He has claimed that the President inappropriately colluded with Russians during the 2016 election to anyone that will listen to him. Maybe it is the time that Moore takes a long hard look at himself in the mirror.
According to multiple news reports, Moore is the one that has been concluding with the Russians against President Trump. Back on November 12th, 2016 Moore took part in the “Trump is NOT my President” rally. The rally organizers seemed to have aptly named the rally because it turns out that Trump is not their President. According to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, an indictment that was signed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller alleges that the rally organizers of “Trump is NOT my President” rally were Russian agents with the “strategic goal” to “sow discord in the U.S. political system.” It seems like Moore played right into their hands.
The Russian front group, Black Matters, sponsored the anti-Trump rally. The demonstration took place in Manhattan in front of the Trump Tower. He posted videos, took pictures, and sent out Tweets at the rally. Black Matters does not have any connection to Black Lives Matter. Experts think that the Russians chose the name to create confusion between to the two groups. Blacktivist was the Facebook page that was run by the Black Matters group. The goal of the page seemed to be stoking the fires of racial discord. The page frequently shared anti-police and anti-Trump propaganda. When it was finally shut down by Facebook when it became apparent it was run by Russian operatives it had more followers than the official Black Lives Matter page.
The indictment names 13 Russian nationals and accused them of meddling in the 2016 election. These Russian nationals also sponsored a pro-Trump rally on the same day in New York. The second rally was not as successful as the anti-Trump hate fest. The Russians seem not to care about backing Democrats or Republicans. Their apparent goal was to turn Americans against each other. Michael Moore marched with the 25,000 protesters of the “Trump is NOT my President” rally from Union Square to Trump Tower. Moore and the protestors chanted anti-Trump slogans and made accusations that Trump colluded with Russians during the Russian sponsored protest. “The CIA has determined Russia hacked into our election to help elect Donald J. Trump. ” Moore said on Twitter a month after the Russian sponsored rally, “Now Trump names Putin best friend as OUR Sec of State!”
Last weekend, while doing what seemed to be a regular interview, I discovered that a movie is being made with the intent to discredit #gunrights leaders across the country. No, this is not a joke, it is real and we need to get the word out to other gun-rights organizations, gun-rights leaders, and prominent #firearms trainers across the country and we need to do this FAST.
Back in 2014, alleged Hollywood sexual predator Harvey Weinstein said he was going to make a movie “that would make the NRA wish they weren’t alive.” (All gun organizations are the NRA in his mind.) And he was dead serious. Michael Moore has been attempting to discredit gun owners and leaders for years by tricking people and using creative editing techniques to make them look foolish or idiotic. Who’s behind this effort isn’t clear, but they are EXTREMELY WELL FUNDED PROFESSIONALS. For example, to reel me in and to try to make me feel beholden to them, they laid out the red carpet, by providing luxury accommodations, limousine service, and providing a generous monetary allowance to cover meals and other expenses for two days.
They use psychological manipulation, as well as lies and tricks to put their victim into comedic situations that subject them to public shame, embarrassment, and ridicule. I believe the intent is to destroy reputations and even lives. I did some detective work in the days immediately following the “interview,” and I managed to find out they had targeted at least one nationally known firearms trainer and I know there are more. [also AmmoLand News] They appear to be setting up near gun shows. I also found out they covered their tracks carefully to avoid revealing their true identity.
It started when Virginia Citizens Defense League received an email last week from a company called “First Freedom Television” to do an interview with an “Israeli security expert” on the “shared security interests of like-minded countries, such as the U.S. and Israel.” [note according to whois.org and web.archive.org their website https://www.firstfreedomtelevision.com/ was registered on 01/10/2018 for one year only and appeared online around February 13th 2018] It went on, “Unlike the misguided position of American liberals, who aim to eradicate guns altogether, Israel has proven that universal gun training and widespread gun ownership actually leads to a safer society.”
I do interviews all the time, and this one didn’t seem to be all that much out of the ordinary. On Sunday, February 11, 2018, I did the interview in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. About 5 minutes into the interview, my radar turned on big time when the interviewer was making claims about Israeli schools training selected children to use firearms from age 17 down to age 4 (!) as a last ditch effort in stopping a terrorist attack on a school if the teachers and security staff had been killed. The children would have codes to unlock secured firearms in such a case. When I balked at 4-year-olds being able to do that, he showed me an alleged newscast video on his iPad. The text was in Hebrew, but with an English-speaking narration, talking about how a 4-year-old boy had indeed stopped a terrorist attack at his school. The newscast said that he killed two terrorists using his dad’s gun, which he had brought to school in his backpack to show a friend, in violation of school rules. Israeli Premier Netanyahu was touting him as a hero in the video.
Parliament, via the Portfolio Committee on #Police , endorsed the 2018 #FirearmAmnesty on the 14th February 2018. The Amnesty, except for some unforeseen critical issue, will soon be Gazetted and is expected to be in effect from 1 June until 30 November 2018. Despite a number of concerns, from amongst others, members of the Portfolio Committee on Police, and firearm lobby-groups (including SAGA), the Minister of Police has persisted with the Amnesty.
Broadly speaking, the concerns raised dealt with the practicalities of whether or not firearms handed into South African Police Service (SAPS) in terms of the Amnesty can be safely secured.
These questions appear to be well founded having regard to the fact that the number of firearms lost or stolen from many police stations indicates that the SAPS themselves have a serious problem with the safekeeping of firearms. Even more concerning are the documented cases in which SAPS personnel have been convicted of selling large volumes of unlicenced firearms directly to criminals. This would indicate that there is little guarantee that firearms handed to SAPS under the 2018 Amnesty may also not be at risk of finding their way directly into the hands of gangs and criminals.
Firearms Officers at SAPS stations around the country are traditionally under-resourced and battle to cope with their workload under the Firearms Control Act. Therefore, a separate capacity, the Amnesty Officer, has been created to properly receive, document and safeguard firearms handed in under the Amnestyconditions. A valid concern exists as to who will occupy such a responsible position (and what standards of security clearance and vetting will be applied to such appointment) and what oversight will be exercised over the function.
A key debate issue over the last year in Parliament, questions whether the main purpose of the Amnesty, which is apparently the reduction of illegally possessed firearms and the prevention of crime, amongst others, will ever be achieved. Criminals are unlikely to inexplicably shun a life of crime and take advantage of the Amnesty to hand in their illegal firearms. Despite many direct questions and requests for information, South African Police Service are either unwilling or unable to provide useable statistics or records as to whether any firearms in previous amnesties have ever been unequivocally linked to crimes or criminal activities. Therefore the success or failure of previous Amnesties is unclear, and SAGA finds no reason to support this latest Amnesty.
Note further that in terms of the Amnesty, a person who surrenders a firearm or ammunition is indemnified against prosecution only for the unlawful possession of such firearm and ammunition. If the police investigations reveal a link between the surrendered firearm and another crime (e.g., murder, robbery, theft), the police may approach you for an explanation. In fact, you could be arrested and prosecuted.
With respect to category number 5 above, although persons with expired firearm licences would be entitled to surrender and reapply (not apply to renew) for a licence for such firearm / within fourteen (14) days of surrendering the firearm, SAGA does not at this stage advise its members or anyone with a firearm with an expired licence to do so, because we are still waiting on the outcome of the judgement of the constitutional court case of 7th February 2018, which case dealt specifically with Section 24 and Section 28 and expired firearm licences. The judgment could, however, be handed down by the 1st June 2018 and this would provide more clarification herein.
What can bring more people together than The #NationalAnthem ? People sing the “Star-Spangled Banner” at every sporting event. When our Olympic Athletes win a gold medal, they stand at attention under the #AmericanFlag as the PA system plays the American National Anthem. It is a source of pride and patriotism across the country.
That is unless you are a student at California High School. Then, of course, the Anthem is banned for being insensitive. The student council with the backing of the administration has decided that snowflake students shouldn't have to hear the words of Francis Scott Key. Key wrote the Star-Spangled Banner about seeing the US flag still waving over Fort McHenry in Baltimore after a night of constant bombardment by the British ships. It is a fantastic tale of American tenacity, but to some of the students of California High School it is about the “joy in the killing of African-Americans.”
This story came to light in the form of a news story in the school newspaper that caught fire on the internet and spread nationally on social media. By looking at the social media post, the anger over the decision to ban the Anthem isn't just coming from the right. A lot of people who lean left are also condemning this obvious Anti-American move. What students determined to be the celebration of killing slaves is a line that is no longer in the Anthem. The student advisors to the council, who is a teacher, called the verse “problematic,” and supported to the student's decision to ban the Anthem to be more inclusive.
This support of the facility is disturbing because it shows the teachers do not know history or are intentionally misleading the student. Either way, it doesn't bode well for the students at the school and shows indoctrination of the students. The problematic line reads, “No refuge could save the hireling and slave…” The students, teachers, and even local representatives from the NAACP have taken this line to mean African-American slaves of the United States. What the line is referring to are Hessian mercenaries that the British hired to fight on their behalf during The War of 1812. It was a typical term used by colonist as a slight towards the Hessian.
Key was a slave owner but ended up freeing his slaves. He publicly criticized slavery's cruelties. He also attended the funeral of his friend, William Costin, who happened to be of mixed race. He was known for volunteering to defend African-Americans in court so much so in an editorial by Marc Leepson in the Cincinnati Daily Gazette it stated, “Mr. Key convinced me that slavery was wrong—radically wrong.” Some students at the school do not seem to care that Anthem was banned going as far as saying to the student-run paper, “The National Anthem is a tradition from many years ago, and the only people who really care about it are older generations.”
Other students disagree with the decision such as such as Amir Udler who told The Californian, “It comes from a very disrespectful place.” Udler went on to say that rather than being inclusive all the decision is doing is, “disenfranchising the vast majority of the school who loves the country, and who thinks the anthem should be played.” Another student, Dennis Fiorentinos, also finds the student council's decision problematic. He told the school paper, “I feel that California High School honoring and respecting those who have died protecting our freedom is more important,” when referring to the Star-Spangled Banner. Most shocking the assistant principal, Kathleen Martins, claims that she had no idea that the student council banned Anthem from the school. This revelation is shocking and disturbing if it is true since Martins directly oversees the student council.
“Another #schoolshooting ” has rocked America, once more bringing out how divided the country is on #guns. As we’ve seen before, angry words are being hurled by raging zealots manifesting their hatred of those who believe in the right to keep and bear arms, and accusing #NRA of having “blood on its hands.” As usual, we see opportunistic and strident “progressive” politicians, cheerleading “journalists” and foaming-at-the-mouth “celebrities” egging that on, and posturing loudly for new “gun laws.”
“Debate” with fanatics vested in citizen disarmament is a wasted effort. At best, those attempting to inject reality into the public discourse may help enlighten those who may not have given the matter close scrutiny and retain open minds. As for those whose minds are on lockdown, ask what laws would have made a difference in the atrocity at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. You’ll get the same tired old platitudes. Background checks? How have those worked at “stopping the violence” in places like Chicago? Besides, the suspect reportedly passed one.
Banning so-called “assault weapons”? Those represent only a small fraction of homicides committed with firearms, so anyone seriously proposing that needs to also demand a ban on handguns. Nancy Pelosi finally admitted the “slippery slope” gun-grabbers used to ridicule as “paranoid,” but which the founders of the modern disarmament movement freely admitted to.
So much for the lie that “No one is talking about taking your guns.” Of course, they are. That’s the endgame, or at least the beginning of the endgame. And that's why some of us will resist giving another inch. OK, so if guns are at a stalemate, what about identifying common factors to stop killers before they can strike? Really? A Department of Precrime…? There are plenty of conflicting reports about the suspect’s mental state, temperament, politics, and ideology, the latter being brought out by some simply to play “Gotcha!” And people are naturally curious about such aberrations in their midst, so some information gets put out that later turns out to be inaccurate. We’re still finding out much about him, not that the finger-pointing matters in terms of resolving anything. And our finding out is being hampered anyway now that the suspect’s social media presence is being taken down, forcing the public to rely on major media passing along what civil authority wants them to know.
The only relevant ideology is that he is twisted and evil. No one in his right mind advocates killing innocents. Speaking of “right mind,” how about the “fact” that “everybody knew” the suspect was a likely school shooter? Even the FBI had been informed and they didn’t follow up properly! While we don’t know what they legally could have done, it’s tempting to believe they could have taken the suspect out of the general populace and saved lives. On what grounds? We can’t throw away due process. Recall that despite “three interactions,” cops from a few years back say they didn’t have enough evidence to remove the Isla Vista killer from circulation (which, among other things, was a spectacular admission of how California gun registration has proven useless at preventing anything.)
Firearms Policy Coalition ( #FPC ) has issued the following statement concerning yesterday’s tragic #shooting of innocent people at a #Florida high school:
We grieve for our fallen American brothers, sisters, sons, and daughters who lost their lives at the hands of an evil killer in yesterday’s horrific mass murder at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of the victims, the community of Parkland, Florida, and all those affected by this horrific and senseless murder of innocent people. It is both heartbreaking and infuriating to see that, once again, opportunistic politicians and the craven gun control lobbyists who pay them would rather leverage this tragedy to push their dangerous agenda than to take meaningful steps to protect America’s students and teachers. But the crimson thread in attacks on our school campuses is not the methodology or motive of the killers, but the lack of truly effective security measures and an irrational reliance on mythical “gun-free zones” to keep armed violent criminals out.
Time and time again, we see that evil and insane people intent on causing death, injury, and chaos simply ignore the thousands of federal, state, and local criminal laws that prohibit acts like murder, terrorism, assault, and illegally carrying guns onto school grounds—and wreak havoc until they voluntarily end their attack, commit suicide, or are stopped by a law-abiding hero….usually one that is armed. Yet, instead of deploying serious and effective safety measures at our schools, the too-common refrain of the anti-gun fetishists is to attack the rights of law-abiding people. America’s legislative buildings, courthouses, airports, and government offices are protected by robust physical security measures, controlled ingress, and weapon detection devices—backstopped, just in case, by law-abiding people with firearms. But too many schools have little-to-no real ability to deter, repel, or quickly stop a violent attacker before innocent lives are lost. Are our children and teachers less worthy of effective security measures than our legislators, judges, and government agency workers? We think not.
Earlier today, President Donald Trump said that “no child, no teacher should ever be in danger in an American school.” We agree. But until our state and local governments enact laws that actually protect our children and teachers with real physical security barriers, controlled access to school grounds, and armed quick-response officers on every campus, our children and the people entrusted to care for them at places of learning will remain at risk. As we have said before, law-abiding gun owners are not responsible for evil or insane killers who use firearms in their immoral acts, just as peaceable Muslims are not responsible for radical Islamic terrorists flying planes into our buildings and killing thousands, slaying hundreds in bomb blasts, or even running over dozens with vehicles. We reject the idea that the American people and our fundamental human right to keep and bear arms for self-defense must suffer for the crimes of the wicked.
The right to keep and bear arms, like freedom of speech and the right to due process, is a bright-line rule that separates the people from tyranny and servitude. Our nation’s founders, and their Reconstruction-era counterparts, wisely took great pains to protect fundamental rights like those contained in the First, Second, and Fourteenth Amendments in the very textual threads of our social fabric—not because they are benign, but because they are both inherently dangerous and necessary to an enduring free Republic. Firearms Policy Coalition demands that state and local governments immediately implement serious and robust physical security measures at our schools. FPC will continue fighting to defend and advance the fundamental human right to keep and bear arms for self-defense inside and outside our homes.
The proud tradition and history of #Lyman Products began simply in the late 1800’s when William Lyman, an avid outdoorsman and inventor, created a product that resolved problems with #gunsights of his day. The commonly used vernier sights were adequate for daytime shooting, but almost useless if lighting was not perfect. Lyman’s No. 1 Tang Sight featured a small disc and a large aperture, a combination that made the thin rim almost invisible and greatly improved the shooter’s ability to shoot quickly and accurately. His patented design launched the Lyman Gun Sight Company, and today, the Lyman tang and receiver sights still utilize the same principles originated over 137 years ago to enhance both the sight picture and the speed of aiming.
Through the years, Lyman has continued to develop innovative products for shooters and reloaders, carrying on the legacy of William Lyman. In 1925, the Lyman family purchased Ideal reloading products, which included the well-known Ideal reloading handbooks. Since then, Lyman handbooks have become known as the “bible” of reloading, and are considered the most trusted source for data. Lyman released its 50th Edition Reloading Handbook in 2016, containing new and modern reloading data to service current and future reloaders, and continuing to be the most respected and sought out source of expertise. Always keeping abreast of current trends in the shooting sports industry, this year, Lyman addresses the fast-growing sport of Long Range Shooting and the specific reloading challenges that it presents, in the new Long Range Precision Rifle Reloading Handbook.
Lyman reloading kits, presses and dies have provided generations of reloaders with all the high-quality equipment they need to start reloading and to pass down this hobby to the next generation of shooters. In conjunction with the 140th birthday in 2018, Lyman has released a whole new line of reloading presses and reloading kits. This line features a press for every need, from the Ideal C-Frame press that is perfect for beginners, or as a companion press for experienced reloaders, to the Victory Single Stage Press, to the All-American 8, the only 8-stage turret press on the market. All of these presses are proudly made in the USA, and feature solid cast-iron bodies and all of the features and quality that customers have come to expect from a Lyman product.
Over the years, Lyman has acquired several other brands to address other needs of their shooting audience. In 1996, the world-renowned Pachmayr brand came on board, bringing leadership in recoil pads and handgun grips. TacStar joined Lyman in 1997 to improve the company’s offering to the tactical and law enforcement markets. Introduced in 1999, “Butch's Bore Shine”, took the competitive shooting market by storm, and by 2000, was in such demand that Butch joined forces with Lyman Products to promote and distribute this revolutionary gun-cleaning product to shooters worldwide. The patented line of A-Zoom precision metal snap caps were originally introduced to the market in 2000 and joined the Lyman family in 2002 to meet the growing demand for high quality training rounds for shooters, hunters, law enforcement professionals and the military. Peterson Instant Targets, the originator of the adhesive fluorescent target, joined Lyman as Targ-Dots in the early 1990’s. Trius Traps had already established an enviable 45-year reputation before it became a Lyman brand in 2003. Lyman and our stable of brands continue to place the greatest emphasis on input from our customers and from our own staff of shooters to create and provide innovative products for our sport.
Authorities have charged Douglas Haig, 55, of Mesa Arizona with selling “armor-piercing ammunition” to Las Vegas killer Stephen Paddock according to court documents acquired by the Associated Press. Haig works full time as an aerospace engineer and part-time as a #manufacturer of #reloaded #ammunition .
Stephen Paddock opened fired on a crowd attending a country music festival from a room window of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. The shooting killed 58 people before taking his own life. The police found a hotel room full of guns and spent cartridges. According to the court documents police also found unfired armor-piercing rounds within the hotel room. Law enforcement was able to lift a fingerprint off one of the armor-piercing cartridges. Douglas Haig matched that print and was named a person of interest in the case after law enforcement found his name, and address on a box that was in Paddock's possession.
According to the court papers, Haig made and sold ammunition as a hobby. The documents also state that Haig did not have the proper licensing from the ATF to manufacture armor-piercing ammunition. The records do not indicate if Paddock used any of the ammo in the actual attack. Haig and his lawyer, Marc Victor, held a press conference on Friday claiming that Haig was innocent. According to Haig, he met a well-dressed Paddock at a gun show in Phoenix, Arizona. He stated Paddock wanted to more tracer rounds than he had on hand at the show, so Paddock called him a few days later to set up a sell of 720 tracer rounds at Haig's house. Haig built the tracer rounds out of surplus military components.
Haig stated that Paddock informed him he wanted to do a light show with or for his friends in the desert. Haig could not recall the exact wording. He stated Paddock asked for something to carry the ammo, so he provided him with a box which had his name and address on it. The federal investigators used the name and address to track down Haig. Haig further states that he did not have any other dealings with Paddock.
According to Haig the size of the transaction is not out of the ordinary. He went on to say, “He pulled up very well dressed, very well groomed, very polite, respectful. He paid me, put it in his car, went on his way — at no time did he seem suspicious.” “I had no contribution to what Paddock did,” Haig stated at the press conference. He says he is only a merchant and the government should not have released his name. Investigators were in touch with Haig shortly after the shooting. Haig claims to have received multiple death threats since his name was released. Haig's name was mistakenly released when a judge in Nevada made the police warrant public without redacting Haig's name. Haig and his attorney stated that they do not expect to take any legal action for his name being improperly made public.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives ( #ATF ) recently completed its eRegulations project, an electronic research tool of tremendous value for members of the #firearms and explosives industries. The eRegulations page, available here, provides a wealth of information on regulations implementing the federal firearms and explosives laws, including the Arms Export Control Act, Gun Control Act, National Firearms Act, and federal explosives laws.
The eRegulations project is the brainchild of Andrew Lange, the Chief of ATF’s Office of Regulatory Affairs. Mr. Lange is trained as a lawyer and recognized the importance of an online source of information that links the law, regulations, ATF rulings, and other research materials all in one place. In 2015 Mr. Lange obtained funding for eRegulations and partnered with ATF’s Digital Media Division to begin. ATF personnel obtained assistance with technical aspects of the project from Technology Transformation Services, part of the General Services Administration (GSA). By September 2015 the framework for eRegulations was completed with the text of all the ATF regulations online. As more funding became available additional content was added to the site. By the summer of 2017 the last of the related documents were uploaded.
Using the eRegulations portal is a snap. The opening page lists Parts 447, 478, 479, 555, and 646 of the regulations in Title 27 of the Code of Federal Regulations. Clicking on one of the Parts brings up a complete list of the regulations on the left side of the screen and the law from which the regulations are derived on the right. Clicking on the law takes you to the full text of the statute, and clicking on a particular regulation brings up its full text. Defined terms in the regulation are underlined, and clicking on the term brings up its definition on the right side of the screen. If you wish to search for a particular term in the regulations there is a magnifying glass icon to perform that function. Users may also view previous versions of the regulations and compare regulatory language by clicking on the “regulation timeline” icon.
The most useful aspect of the tool is the related materials listed on the right side of the screen for each regulation. Related documents include ATF rulings, Open Letters, Industry Circulars, and other ATF guidance documents. For example, clicking on 27 C.F.R. § 478.11 (definition of terms from the Gun Control Act) shows 20 ATF rulings, 6 Open Letters, 2 guides (generally information from other ATF publications or the website), and 8 FFL Newsletters. Each of these documents can be accessed with a click.
Ficaretta Legal Services logoATF officials have made a commitment to keep eRegulations up-to-date as new regulations, rulings and other guidance documents are issued. The agency is to be commended for creating this comprehensive and easy-to-use system and making it available free of charge to industry members. Federal firearms licensees, federal explosives licensees/permittees, and experts who support them should always start their research at ATF’s eRegulations site.
Today, we are pleased to announce that #Unimin Corporation will continue its partnership with #DucksUnlimited and has renewed their commitment with a donation of $1 million over the next five years.
This gift supports DU conservation initiatives that will help conserve 500,000 acres of habitat across the United States, Canada and Mexico. “We are incredibly thankful for Unimin Corporation's continued generosity and support. This support helps safeguard wetlands and waterfowl for years to come across the continent,” said Ducks Unlimited CEO Dale Hall. “We will continue to work with Unimin to provide abundant, clean water resources, along with increasing biodiversity and sustainability on key landscapes, including providing habitat for pollinators, waterfowl and other wildlife where Unimin employees, contractors and customers live and work.” In 2012, DU launched the Rescue Our Wetlands campaign with 16 initiatives that regionalize our landscape conservation efforts.
Unimin’s gift will support these Ducks Unlimited conservation initiatives that encompass 20 Unimin Corporation facilities across the continent: Big Rivers, covering the upper Mississippi River basin, Living Lakes, emphasizing the shallow lakes of Minnesota and Iowa, America’s River and Gulf Coast, encompassing the lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley and Gulf Coast, Completing the Cycle, focused on key wetlands from West Virginia to Maine, Southeast Wetlands, encompassing the southeast quadrant of th, US with a strong focus on protecting private lands from high-density development, Southern Prairies and Playas, focused on protecting playa lakes and prairies in Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico, DU and Unimin Corporation first partnered in 2013 on wetlands conservation in Minnesota. Today’s gift expands that partnership across the continent.
“Unimin is excited about extending our partnership with Ducks Unlimited for another five years,” said Unimin Corporation CEO Campbell Jones. “We recognize the responsibility and privilege we have been given in the land and resources under our control and our partnership with Ducks Unlimited helps us further deliver tangible results on the landscape and in the communities we serve. We applaud the efforts of Ducks Unlimited who has conserved more than 14 million acres of waterfowl habitat across North America.”
One of the Best National #FirearmsInstructors in the #USA has joined the #NationalAfricanAmericanGunAssociation Training Division.
Sharod Edwards has joined NAAGA and has been named Firearms Trainer within the organization. He is a Former Decorated Marine, He is a highly skilled World Class Instructor with direct experience in training many areas of Firearms including Military, Law Enforcement, NRA Certified Instructor, FFL licensee, and vast experience in teaching Competitive Shooting.
“I am typically reserved in my announcements always making sure I don't get too excited but I have an announcement which really has me jumping up and down today. We are in the process of developing a Training Council which will have some of the very best trainers in the nation that will lead us in 2018 and beyond.
We are officially announcing that one of the Best Trainers in the USA has joined the NAAGA Family. We welcome Sharod Edwards He is an Outstanding Trainer and Competitive shooter” ~ said NSSGA President Philip Smith. Additionally, Sharod Edwards assists with Injured Combat Veterans in the HAVA program ( Honored American Veterans Afield (HAVA) and SWAT Units Nationwide He is an American hero, Leader, and we are very proud to have him as a Trainer within The National African American Gun Association.
The deadline for the public to submit comments on proposed rulemaking by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is this Thursday night, the Federal Register advises. At issue is a revised “interpret[ation of] the statutory definition of ‘ #machinegun ’ in the National Firearms Act of 1934 and Gun Control Act of 1968 to clarify whether certain devices, commonly known as ‘ #bumpfire ’ stocks, fall within that definition.
“Written comments must be postmarked and electronic comments must be submitted on or before January 25, 2018,” the notice explains. “Commenters should be aware that the electronic Federal Docket Management System will not accept comments after Midnight Eastern Standard Time on the last day of the comment period.” Unless gun owners have been asleep – and for many, that’s a distinct possibility – the rulemaking should come as no surprise.
We also know – or have at least been told – that after the Las Vegas murders, bump stocks were reportedly found at the crime scene. We know that, true to form, opportunistic blood-dancing gun grabbers seized upon an opportunity for another incremental “slippery slope” advancement using the ever-reliable (and ever-meaningless) “something must be done” mantra. And we don’t really know much else, because “investigators” have been tight-lipped, at least when they haven’t been seemingly contradicting themselves.
We know that the National Rifle Association has called for such a rule. We also know “bipartisan” legislative efforts are ongoing both in Congress and at the state level to ban such devices. And we know ATF initially (and properly, many believe) acknowledged it lacked such authority. Someone overruled that line of thinking and the administrative approach is back on track. And unsurprisingly, at least to those of us who have seen infringements advance and good efforts fail through apathy many times over the years, the collective response from gun owner rights advocates has been less than impressive.
At this writing, fewer than 8,000 comments have been submitted and time's almost up. Considering that roughly “Three-in-ten American adults say they currently own a gun,” that’s a pathetic level of involvement. Of course, the same can be said for the number of American gun owners who are members of national and state “gun rights” organizations, or who contact their representatives on gun-related issues, attend public events in support of the right to keep and bear arms, or, as we saw recently, who even bother to vote. All kinds of excuses can be offered for why that is, but that’s just what they are. And lost is the fact that this is not really about bump stocks at all – it’s about another victory being ceded without a fight.
#NewJersey is one of those states that never met a pointless and ineffective #guncontrol policy it didn't like. In recent years it was kept in check by the otherwise beach going blowhard, Chris Christie, but even he seemed to think that #gunbuyback programs were actually worth doing.
But as is often the case, give an inch to rights infringers and they will want to put the bill of rights into the shredder.
In the waning hours of Christie's tenure the gun control loving pit of vipers that is the NJ Assembly and Senate are seeking control of gun buybacks on the state level, taking it away from the state attorney general's discretion.
Not only are they seeking control of it, they are seeking to make gun buybacks MANDATORY. The bill (S1154/A2374) requires nine buyback programs a year, has already been passed 52-17-5 by the Assembly and is scheduled for a Senate budget committee vote Thursday. It could then be passed Monday, the last day of the two-year legislative session. The nine buybacks would be broken down to three in each section of New Jersey; North, Central and South. …….
It's difficult to manage with only polite comment any discussion about anything to do with ‘gun control' in NJ – expletives would seem a better choice. Things are already bad enough but stand by for some extras – not only a ‘bump stock' ban but a scheme to mandate gun ‘buybacks'. As we repeatedly point out, no one can buy back what was never theirs and, do they really expect criminal's guns to come flooding in?
In October 2016, two men were #targetshooting in rural #NewYork . They were sighting in #rifles for the upcoming deer season. They could see about a thousand feet, but there was no obvious backstop on the flat ground. They had two .308 Winchester rifles, a Del-Ton AR, and a pistol. It was about 4 p.m. Almost half a mile away, unseen, Kevin Flannery was mowing a lane on his property. A picture taken a year later shows tall ground cover on either side of the lane. Flannery could not be seen from the position of the shooters.
Flannery apparently moved in and out of the “beaten zone” of the rifle shooters as they zeroed in their rifles. The bullets traversed tall grass and weeds before reaching the lane Flannery was mowing. Flannery's mower, then Flannery were hit. Flannery was critically wounded. It took months for him to recovery after being hit with a high powered rifle round. He lost 40 pounds while recovering from surgery in the hospital.
From rochesterfirst.com: PARMA, N.Y. (WROC-TV) – Police have arrested two suspects in relation to a shooting in Parma that happened on Tuesday. Police responded around 4:45 p.m. to Moul Road for a report of a man who was shot in the abdomen while working on his property. Police say as they responded, they could hear shots being fired in the distance. Deputies located the shooters, Ryan G. Pellman, 34, of Greece and Matthew E. Rodgers, 35, of Hilton in an area behind and to the west of North Avenue. Pellman and Rodgers were allegedly shooting paper targets without the use of a backdrop. Once the shooting had ceased, deputies located the victim, Kevin R. Flannery, 42, about 800 feet south of where they responded. Pellman and Rodgers were indicted for assault and reckless endangerment by a grand jury in April of 2017.
In August 2017, Judge Alex Renzi of the State Supreme Court overturned the indictment. The charges were dismissed. The evidence did not meet the legal criteria for either crime. A civil suit was filed by the Flannerys in November of 2017. Kevin Flannery went through months of recovery. He came very close to dying. It was 10 months before he was able to return to work. Pellman and Rodgers have had to spend considerable resources on their defense. The legal expenses are likely to continue.
The shooters had no intention of hitting Flannery. They did not know he was there. They thought it was impossible their shots had hit anyone. Flannery was 2,300 feet away from the shooters, a little less than 800 yards. .308 rifles are routinely fired in thousand yard matches. This accident occurred because the shooters did not understand the ballistics of their rifles. They assumed there was no one in the direction they were shooting. They did not ensure the bullets were hitting an adequate backstop. It was a nearly fatal mistake. I suspect they have been regretting their decision for over a year. Safety rules came about through long, hard experience. They exist for good reasons. Know your target, and what is behind your target. 2018 by Dean Weingarten: Permission to share is granted when this notice is included.
Ever since Stephen Paddock opened fire from his room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas on October 1 2017, questions have swirled around the shooter, his motive, the actions of the hotel’s security staff, and virtually ever other aspect of the attack and subsequent investigation.
Many of the questions were a direct result of the Las Vegas police department changing the reported timeline – repeatedly — of the events that night. The latest news, which won’t do much to quiet conspiracy theorists, came from courtroom testimony on Wednesday January 17th. Following a virtual news vacuum in recent months, a number of media outlets had filed suit to obtain documents related to the investigation, including 14 search warrants that had been executed by police. An attorney for the media organizations argued that releasing the information is “crucial to helping Las Vegas heal.” That’s when an attorney representing the Las Vegas Metro Police dropped this bombshell on the proceedings:
Attorney Nicholas Crosby did not identify new evidence or suspects but said charges might be possible depending on the results of an ongoing investigation. The claim by Sheriff Joe Lombardo ever since the shooting had been that Paddock acted on his own. So Crosby’s argument apparently took the presiding judge by surprise. ‘Without naming names, there are potential charges against others as a result of the ongoing investigation?' Clark County District Court Judge Elissa Cadish asked Crosby as he argued to keep police search-warrant records sealed. ‘Yes,' said Crosby, who represents the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, which Lombardo leads. ‘There are charges being investigated.' That, of course, directly contradicts the narrative that Paddock was a lone wolf shooter, a reclusive gambler and real estate investor whose motive remains a mystery.
This latest revelation, though, will only serve to throw more gasoline on the slow burning fire of conspiracy theories that has swirled around the investigation. In case you’ve lost track of all the accounts the Sheriff Joe Lombardo and the Metro PD have given since the shooting… 1) Lombardo initially reported that Paddock began shooting on the crowd below, then shot at Mandalay Bay security guard Jesus Campos when he approached Paddock’s room. 2) Days later, the Sheriff changed the timeline radically. The new story was that Paddock had shot at Campos a full six minutes before shooting at concertgoers. If that were true, it would reflect poorly on hotel security’s response to a report of shots fired. 3) The six-minute gap story was then denied by Mandalay Bay security. …Mandalay Bay hotel officials disputed the police timeline of the concert shooting. They claim Paddock, a high-stakes gambler and real estate investor, fired into the crowd just 40 seconds after shooting Campos.
#Hawaii Senator Karl Rhoads (D-13) introduced legislation that would ban modifications commonly made to #firearms by law-abiding citizens. SB 2046 is currently pending a committee referral.
Please contact your Senator today and urge them to OPPOSE this legislation. Senate Bill 2046 is similar to federal legislation proposed by anti-gun California U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA). SB 2046 would make it a crime to own, manufacture, possess, sell, barter, trade, gift, transfer or acquire a firearm accessory or any other device, part or combination of parts that is designed to or functions to accelerate the rate of fire of a semi-automatic firearm. In addition, SB 2046 would also criminalize installing, removing, or altering parts of a firearm with the intent to accelerate the rate of fire.
The broad and overreaching provisions of SB 2046 could criminalize firearm modifications such as competition triggers, muzzle brakes, and ergonomic changes that are commonly done by law-abiding gun owners to make their firearms more suitable for self-defense, competition, hunting, or even overcoming disability. Please contact your Senator and urge them to OPPOSE this legislation. Continue to check your inbox and www.NRAILA.org for the latest updates on issues impacting your Second Amendment rights and hunting heritage in Hawaii.
Yet another citizen is facing criminal charges for not realizing that #gunlaws vary from state to state. Hayley Leach, a Colorado woman, was arrested when she attempted to check her #gun in at Albany Airport for her return flight home, News 10 ABC reported.
Leach has since been free released on bail but must return to New York in February. That means in addition to facing charges, she’ll need to endure the expenses of retaining a lawyer, traveling back from Colorado, and paying fines and court costs. That she lawfully owned her gun in Colorado and that she tried to obey the federal law by declaring her firearm with TSA does not matter to those intent on making her pay. It’s reminiscent of earlier similar cases, including that of Donna Marie Gracey, the Florida woman with a concealed carry permit who was arrested last month for having it in New Jersey, or the ordeals of Shaneen Allen and others. None of them had criminal intent.
It points to the need for national reciprocity and recognition of licenses between states, as driver and marriage licenses are honored. Better yet would be so-called “Constitutional carry” as many states now enjoy, with more considering such legislation. But don't hold your breath for that to go nationwide any time soon. As an aside, it’s telling that the News 10 report stated: “Customers are coming from places like Vermont or Massachusetts where they legally own their guns and have concealed carry permits.”
Vermont requires no permits and was the model for other states to follow. Before the practice became more widespread, it was generally called “Vermont carry.” One would think professional journalists would learn their subject matter before presenting their voices as authoritative, but media ignorance on guns is something we’re not likely to see rectified any time soon. Still, it does help understand the roots of the fear and hostility we see on display in so much of the mainstream press.
“Unfortunately for her it is her own fault for not checking the gun laws in the state she is traveling to,” one reader commented. He’s taken some flack for that from other readers, no doubt because the way he stated his point blamed the victim rather than the tyrannical edicts. Still, there's truth to what he says.
“Except for NH & Vermont, the North East states are profoundly anti-gun & everyone traveling should know that,” he continued. “There are books available that list the gun laws in every state & it is the gun owner’s responsibility to know what those laws are everywhere they intend to travel. I doubt she will get jail time, but I bet it will be a hefty fine. She better be happy she wasn't in NYC or it would have been far more costly.” It’s tough to argue with that. And I say that as someone sympathetic to “I will not comply” and “Defy existing gun laws” sentiments. But you need to do that with eyes open.
“Today we filed a #Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the Department of Justice and the Department of the #AirForce for records pertaining to Devin Patrick Kelley,” Stamboulieh Law, PLLC announced Monday. The complaint is a response to government refusal to provide documents that are “releaseable for a deceased individual” after the #FBI “unexpectedly… clamped down on the court martial transcripts.
“The question is…. why?” the announcement continues. “It is most likely undisputed that Kelley was a prohibited person that bought firearms when he shouldn't have been able to, but why keep the underlying information secret?” As a matter of necessary disclosure, I am the plaintiff in this action, and have written about or joined with attorney Stephen Stamboulieh in other ventures documented in this link. While the preferred course would have been compliance with the FOIA request, all Americans, and gun owners in particular, have a right to full and complete disclosure of all records to which we are legally entitled.
That’s especially true when the Sutherland Springs killings are currently being exploited in order to advance more gun legislation and to gin up public support to go even further. Representative sentiments from prominent “gun control” proponents include: Calls for more gun laws from Everytown/Moms demand Action, A Brady Campaign presser to “demand changes” A similar announcement from Gabby Giffords, Add to that innumerable editorials and statements from primarily Democrat politicians, and the target of much of their wrath, the National Rifle Association, along with the National Shooting Sports Foundation, offering up “FixNICS” as a palatable “solution” for Republicans to back.
Gun owners have a vested interest in seeing the extent of what government already knew about Kelley yet failed to act on. In the face of resistance to our request, we are compelled to make the seriousness of that expectation known in no uncertain terms. A “compiled for law enforcement purposes” deferment hardly seems necessary or reasonable with the killer dead, and suggests some other motive for not releasing requested documents. You can read the complaint and see attachments associated with it here. Updates to the progress of this effort will be posted as warranted on the Stamboulieh Law website.
The #Arkansas Game and Fish Commission approved a regulation change today which will allow people to openly carry a #handgun for personal protection while on any wildlife management area or Commission-controlled property or lake.
Previously, only people with valid concealed carry permits could possess handguns while on a wildlife management area, unless there was a hunting season in which the handgun would be legal. Concealed carry permit holders may still carry a concealed handgun, and anyone legally possessing a handgun (as defined by Ark. Code Ann. §5-73-120) on Commission-owned or -controlled property or while hunting, fishing or trapping on private property as long as it is: (1) for personal protection and either is not employed for hunting or is a legal killing device for a hunting season that is open, and (2) the handgun is otherwise lawfully possessed. “This clarification was the result of enforcement and wildlife management staff listening to concerned citizens and working to benefit all parties,” said Col. Greg Rae, chief of the AGFC Enforcement Division.
In other business, the Commission: Recognized Maurice Jackson and Clint Coleman of the AGFC’s Family and Community Fishing Program for receiving the Diversity and Inclusion Award from the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies for outreach efforts to nontraditional outdoors audiences; Recognized 17 employees with a total of 375 years of service for their commitment to the people and natural resources of Arkansas; Recognized Becky Humphries, CEO of the National Wild Turkey Federation, who thanked the AGFC for their continued partnership in conservation; Awarded Capt. William Brown, retiring enforcement captain at the Camden Regional Office, his service sidearm; Granted a youth elk permit to the Arkansas Game and Fish Foundation to be used for fundraising purposes; Granted a youth elk permit to the Arkansas Wildlife Federation to be used for fundraising purposes; Granted an elk permit to the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation to be used for fundraising purposes to improve elk habitat in Arkansas; Approved a budget increase of $272,139.50 to replace all lighting and ceiling paneling inside the AGFC Little Rock headquarters and replace exterior lighting to improve energy efficiency and employee safety. Energy savings for the completed project are estimated at more than $40,000 per year; Authorized AGFC Director Pat Fitts to grant a right-of-way easement to Entergy for placement of overhead transmission lines near Overcup Lake in Conway County; Authorized Fitts to grant a right-of-way easement to Arkansas State Highway Commission for construction involving Arkansa; Highway 9 in Conway County near Overcup Lake.
Authorized the following projects to be funded with Marine Fuel Tax program funds: Asphalt on River Access Road near the Cossatot State Park Access; Improvement of the boat ramp, parking lot and asphalt access road at the River Ridge Access of the White River in Independence County.
Repairs to the county road leading to two accesses to the Ouachita River in Calhoun County that have become impassible during common rain events; Resurfacing the parking area and access roads leading to Lake Brewer’s north and south access points in Conway County.
Approved the removal of outdated and obsolete inventory with an original cost of $266,750.08 and a current net book value of $17,236.60.
Those who campaign for a disarmed population take comfort in persuading themselves that #gun ownership is declining in the #UnitedStates .
This is the primary goal, after all. If gun ownership is declining, they can claim they are “winning”. The most commonly cited evidence that gun ownership is declining is the General Social Survey, which shows a gradually declining percentage of households in the United States that tell survey-takers they have guns in the household.
But the number of guns sold in the last decade skyrocketed. At the beginning of 2008, there were about 301 million privately owned guns in the United States.
At the end of 2017, there were about 418 million. That is an increase of 38 percent in ten years. 117 million guns were added to the private stock in the last decade. The proponents of population disarmament explain this by claiming that fewer gun owners are buying more guns.
Gun owners are buying more guns. But substantial numbers of new gun owners are buying guns as well. In a study of California gun buyers, where all gun purchases are required to go through government approved gun dealers, the percentage of new gun owners varied from 32 percent to 40 percent when looking at periods before the Newtown (Sandy Hook) killings in December of 2012 and the San Bernadino terrorist attack in December of 2015.
#Uber is one of those new-economy companies that uses an army of freelancers it calls driver-partners to provide ride-sharing services dispatched using its app. It has been so successful that it has an estimated value of almost $50 billion.
Uber argues it is not a transportation company, and that all it does is connect people who want to go somewhere with contractors, more than a million of them worldwide, who provide rides. That, very conveniently for Uber, means no health insurance, 401Ks, days off or any of those other annoying benefits that employers have to provide employees. Unfortunately for the sexy startup, the California Labor Commission recently ruled that Uber drivers are actually employees eligible for the benefits and protections that come with employee status. Though Uber vows to fight it, the ruling is clearly a threat to its very profitable business model.
What, you may ask, does that have to do with guns? Uber has forbidden all its supposed free-agent drivers to carry guns or to pick up anyone with a gun. So Uber gets to tell you how you may protect yourself (prayer, maybe?) and restricts you from carrying a whole class of passengers. Sounds like you’re an employee to me. Uber is here representative of the hypocrisy of so many of our “new economy” businesses. Its business model is exploitative in a way that would gladden the flinty hearts of Commodore Vanderbilt or Henry Clay Frick. It uses a phony “contractor” labor arrangement to maximize its take and minimize what it returns to labor. This model is best represented by the strip club, though strip club owners at least spare us the sanctimony.
Then, to maintain its street cred in the pink precincts of its San Francisco hometown, it treats its “contractors” as wage slaves to be ordered around about guns, a surefire bogey in the Bay Area. This is a well-proven formula in the California tech industry: act like John D. Rockefeller when it comes to the bottom line, while espousing “progressive” orthodoxy on social issues. I was already disinclined to utilize a business that mainly served to undercut local taxi owners, but the no-guns policy is a deal-breaker. We can do without either robber barons or parlor Bolsheviks, and certainly don’t need a combination of the two. My advice? Use your local cab service.
A #Florida -based #gun manufacturer became the first to accept #cryptocurrency last month.
Frontier Tactical CEO Nate Love told Guns.com Tuesday a few people have used Bitcoin and Litecoin to buy smaller items from his online store since launching the currencies in December. “I’m not sure if we are out ahead of a trend as the industry is slow to adopt new technologies,” he said, noting some gun dealers still record transactions by hand. “But I believe there is a future for cryptocurrency.”
Love said its less risky and faster to deal with as opposed to the red tape of traditional banking and plans to add other forms of currency in the future. Investors agree. Stock prices for Bitcoin surged 2,000 percent to nearly $20,000 a share in 2017 — eight years after “miners” began collecting the virtual currency and trading it online in an anonymous system “unaffected by politics.”
Prices for Bitcoin shares dropped below $10,000 Wednesday as South Korean officials threaten to clamp down on cryptocurrencies inside the country. “The action we’re seeing may seem dramatic but is really quite normal for this market,” Mati Greenspan, senior market analyst at eToro, told CNBC. “All in all, this drop has brought us back to the prices that were traded about a month ago for most coins.” Frontier Tactical isn’t the first gun maker to consider Bitcoin. In 2014, TrackingPoint CEO Ken D’Arcy floated the idea of accepting cryptocurrency, but ultimately decided against it.
“BALLISTIC #MISSILETHREAT INBOUND TO #HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL,” the Hawaii #Emergency Management Agency warned cellphone users Saturday. Television viewers saw a more detailed alert: “If you are indoors, stay indoors. If you are outdoors, seek immediate shelter in a building. Remain indoors well away from windows. If you are driving, pull safely to the side of the road and seek shelter in a building or lay on the floor.”
Panic was widespread. People presuming they were doomed bid terrified and sorrowful goodbyes to loved ones. A video emerged of parents putting their child in a storm drain. And as terrorized residents learned almost 40 minutes later, it was a false alarm. An employee performing a routine internal shift change test on the alert system had chosen the wrong drop-down menu option. Oops, our bad. Gilda Radner’s Emily Litella character comes to mind. And yeah, as bad as this was, it merits ridicule, as satire site The Onion notes.
Why a system was set up that did not require verification and approval before alerting the entire network is a valid question. Equally valid is both the outrage and the scorn Hawaii’s government is receiving for inexcusable incompetence – not just on the part of the employee, but on the lack of adequate management systems, procedures and controls that would allow such a monumental foul-up to occur in the first place. It’s only through dumb luck that people did not have heart attacks. And as further corroboration to the observable truism that for “progressives” every day is Opposite Day, Hawaii’s government, which only supposedly exists to protect lives, property and freedom, once more endangered all. I asked friend and colleague George Pace, who lives in Hawaii, for a recount of his experience, partially included here:
“As for the actual preparedness, I wouldn't want you to sit through the hour-long civil defense video, which includes many minutes of purely speculative political blather about North Korea, but basically there is no public plan for an immediate ‘take shelter’ order, as was issued yesterday. Most of the buildings here on the Big Island (Hawaii) are either wood frame or made entirely of corrugated metal (roof and walls… yeah, even Home Depot, etc.). The only heavy-duty masonry constructions in downtown Hilo are the county and state buildings (of course, spare no expense for government buildings!) and, as you can well imagine, they were all closed on Saturday. One report said that people attempted to take shelter at a Walmart on Oahu but that the store locked its doors so no one could take shelter there (the suggestion is that if you are in a car you pull over and attempt to take shelter in a building).
A licensed #firearm owner from the Outback area was arrested after local police found that he had far more #guns in his home than he had registered.
Police in New South Wales reported that an unidentified 56-year-old man was arrested in the Cobar area, a small copper mining town about 450 miles northwest of Sydney, on weapons charges. Officers visited the man on New Year’s Eve for the purpose of conducting an audit of his registered guns.
“During a subsequent search of the property, officers located and seized 118 firearms, including revolvers, rifles, shotguns and shortened rifles,” said the agency. At least 109 were not registered under Australian law.
An accompanying photo of the impound shows a wide variety of collectible vintage Lee-Enfield, Martini-Henry, and Winchester rifles including several lever-actions. Other relics include a Swiss-style Vetterli rifle, an American-made P14 Enfield, and what looks to be at least one Canadian Ross rifle. Handguns appear to include a range of black powder cap and ball revolvers, an S&W M1917 and several Webley revolvers. A number of fowling pieces and barreled actions are among the lot.
The man has been charged with “unauthorized possession of firearms in circumstances of aggravation and not keeping firearm safely,” and is pending a court hearing later this month.
Those who illegally possess a firearm in Australia face a fine of up to A$280,000 ($219,000) and 14 years in jail, and a criminal record for being otherwise caught with an unregistered or illegal gun. The country recently completed the first national firearms amnesty since 1996, reporting that 51,461 firearms of all types were turned over to police in a three month period.
News Channel 13 ABC reports in Colorado Springs, #Colorado 10-13-2017 a store clerk who defended himself with a #pistol during an armed robbery is now without a job after getting fired for bringing a #gun into the store.
Two weeks ago, the employee was working the overnight shift at a convenience store on Fillmore Street when two armed suspects entered the store around 3 a.m. pointing their weapons at him demanding money. “Looking down the barrel of a gun that you know is wielded with hostile intent, is frightening,” he said. When he asked the suspects to not point their weapons at his face and they didn't listen, he drew his weapon. “They kept pointing their guns at my head, I stepped behind cover and drew my weapon.”
The suspects were frightened by the gun. When the clerk tried to grab one of the suspects’ weapons he was shot in the left arm. He says, “It felt like getting stabbed.” The bullet went through his arm and out his elbow. Both suspects escaped without the victim firing a shot. He was taken to the hospital for a minor injury and went back to work that same morning. After hearing of other robberies that happened that week at other company stores, one involving a clerk getting assaulted and taken to the hospital, the other involving an armed robbery where the suspect brought in a shotgun. The night of the shooting was the first time the victim brought his pistol to work.
Two weeks later after his event the victim received a call from his manager saying he was fired for bringing a gun to work. He was shocked that he was fired for simply trying to defend himself. He told media “I accept the risks I understand working overnight at a gas station is dangerous, what I don't accept is a company that won't take care of those dangers for their employees and instead fires me for protecting myself.” Still, he does not regret pulling out his gun to defend himself. He said “If I hadn't had it, I very well may have died.” The convenience's store corporate office did not return media calls for comment.
“City leaders considering #gun #buyback program,” NBCs Indiana affiliate WFIE News 14, Evansville, “reports.” It’s one of those vapid and manipulative pieces that are a staple of local affiliates masking an agenda while trying to appear crusading and relevant. The “city leader” in question is Councilman Jonathan Weaver, who thinks he can stage such a media event for around $115K. Per the television report, he asserts it’s the type of thing “bigger cities like St. Louis have tried successfully.” Would that be the St. Louis where “a … letter went out to more than 200 other families of people who were killed … during the most violent year the city has seen in more than 20 years”?
Weaver got his brainstorm after some “recent shootings in Evansville.” Gang shootings. We find 14 out of 19 Evansville murder victims were killed by felons with firearms, people already prohibited by law from possessing guns. And with headlines like “Victim dies after being shot during drug-deal robbery,” you’ve got to ask yourself if there may be more effective options than trying to be like St. Louis.
How Weaver can keep a straight face claiming an idiot “buyback” event will have any impact on gangs doing their thing is left unsaid. That’s because it can’t and he knows it. But being an opportunistic Democrat, he knows plenty of politicians manage to get ink in the local papers and face time on local newscasts spouting such nonsense. “Reporters” on an easy assignment their bosses approve of won’t rock the boat with hard questions and will parrot talking points to an audience that for the most part knows even less than they do.
So News 14 viewers will likely never hear how the National Institute of Justice’s “Summary of Select Firearm Violence Prevention Strategies” concluded: “Evidence: Gun buybacks are ineffective as generally implemented. 1. The buybacks are too small to have an impact. 2. The guns turned in are at low risk of ever being used in a crime. 3. Replacement guns are easily acquired. Unless these three points are overcome, a gun buyback cannot be effective.” Nor will viewers who don’t go looking for themselves learn about the problems that “no questions asked” and other “buyback” absurdities can create. Or how such events actually increase the chances for danger and lawbreaking…
Lebanon, Milford, Manchester, Hillsborough County…. #gunbans are coming to a city, town or county near where you live or work. Despite the clear language in R.S.A. 159:26 that says ” …the state of New Hampshire shall have authority and jurisdiction over the sale, purchase, ownership, use, possession, transportation, licensing, permitting, taxation, or other matter pertaining to #firearms, firearms components, ammunition, firearms supplies, or knives in the state. Except as otherwise specifically provided by statute, no ordinance or regulation of a political subdivision may regulate the sale, purchase, ownership, use, possession, transportation, licensing, permitting, taxation, or other matter pertaining to firearms, firearms components, ammunition, or firearms supplies in the state.”
The above listed local jurisdictions are in fact regulating the use of firearms in violation of existing state law. To correct this injustice, NHFC Corporate Secretary and State Representative JR Hoell (R-Merrimack 23) has introduced HB 1749 which has 9 co-sponsors. HB 1749 is scheduled for a public hearing on January 10, at 10 AM in the House Municipal and County Government Committee. Please make every effort to attend this hearing to show your support for this important legislation. As you are no doubt aware, New Hampshire is made up of dozens of small towns and a few cities all within 10 counties. Even though our state is made up of small towns, we are NOT a “home rule state”. Cities and towns are limited as to what types of ordinances they can enact.
The reason firearms preemption was originally passed in 2003 was to protect traveling firearms owners from unknowingly breaking the law by crossing a town or city boundary line. Sadly, because R.S.A. 159:26 does not penalize those who violate it, rogue, anti-gun city and town officials have no reason to follow the law. HB 1749 changes the paradigm by adding much-needed penalties. As a point of reference, Florida had a preemption law on its books from 1987 through 2011 that was largely ignored. That all changed in 2011 when the legislature added penalties. The local gun bans disappeared almost overnight! We need to see the same success here in New Hampshire.
The Miami Herald reported 11/09/2017 a prepared #Florida father thwarted an attempt to invade his home and kidnap his daughter. The four teenagers had made extensive preparations for the attempted complex crime. The sheriff’s office said on Facebook that inside the SUV they were driving, the four teens had stockpiled masks, #guns, a knife, a roll of tape and latex gloves.
They even put barrels on the road leading to the family’s home, apparently hoping to obstruct the teenage girl’s path to the house as she arrived home so she would get out of the car. But that wasn’t enough to make it past their would-be victim’s father, according to the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office. The kidnappers’ plans started to go awry when the girl saw the barrels and simply drove around them. She then called her 51-year-old father to tell him about the roadblocks.
A short time later, around 10:30 p.m., the father heard dogs barking and a car door slam. Automatic floodlights on the house were activated and the father armed himself with a gun to go investigate. The sheriff’s office said the father found someone trying to break into his garage. He fired three shots and the would-be intruders fled into the woods.
Responding Officers caught up with four teens driving a white 2016 Jeep Liberty away from the crime scene. They had concocted an elaborate plot to kidnap the 17-year-old daughter of a man they believed to be wealthy, and to rob the family’s home in the process said the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s office. The Okaloosa County Sheriff said a 19-year old and three others have been charged with attempted kidnapping and attempted robbery. The oldest, a 19-year old adult was taken to the Okaloosa County Jail. The minors, a 17 year old boy, a 16 year old boy and a 15 year old girl were booked at a juvenile detention center.
At least 40 people have been killed and dozens more wounded following multiple blasts at a #Shia cultural centre in #Kabul.
Najib Danish, a spokesperson for the Afghan interior ministry, said suicide attackers had set off explosions outside of the centre. Islamic State said it directed the attacks, and claimed through its propaganda outlet Amaq that it targeted the centre with three bombs followed by a suicide bombing. Attackers then stormed inside and further blasts were heard in the cultural centre's basement, the interior ministry suggested. At least 56 people were also wounded during the attack.
Shia Muslims were inside the cultural centre to commemorate the December 1979 invasion of Afghanistan by the former Soviet Union, according to Mr Danish. The Taliban quickly denied any involvement in the attacks, and has not typically singled out Shia Muslims for attacks in the course of its insurgency in the Sunni-majority nation. The cultural centre is located in a Shia neighbourhood in the west of Kabul and was hosting a morning panel discussion.
IS affiliate fighters have been active in the country, targeting the Afghanistan's Shia minority population which the group considers apostates. The president of Afghanistan, Ashraf Ghani, described the attacks as a "crime against humanity" in a statement released by the presidential palace. He said: "The terrorists have killed our people. The terrorists have attacked our mosques, our holy places and now our cultural centre." President Ghani said the attacks were against Islam and "all human values".
On Twitter, Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid said the attack had "nothing to do with" the organisation, which they claimed was "very cautious" not to target media centres and education facilities. The UK's Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, said: "I am appalled by this despicable attack on a cultural centre in Kabul which has claimed so many innocent lives, and my heartfelt condolences go out to the victims and their families. "We remain determined in our resolve to help the Afghan people overcome terror and we are committed to supporting the Afghan Government in seeking a brighter future for its people. "Initial reports suggest that Daesh in Afghanistan have claimed responsibility.
A deal approved by the White House to export a shipment of #American-made .50-caliber #sniperrifles to #Ukraine has drawn rebuke from Moscow. The deal authorized by the State Department, is for $41.5 million worth of Barrett’s M107A1 rifle systems as well as ammunition and parts, as reported by the Washington Post. Barrett is located in Tennessee, home to U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, who welcomed the news.
“This decision was supported by Congress in legislation that became law three years ago and reflects our country’s longstanding commitment to Ukraine in the face of ongoing Russian aggression,” said Corker, a Republican. Though Ukraine inherited a number of SVD and Mosin sniper rifles from the old Soviet Union, and since last year they have been fielding domestically-produced precision rifles, they are all various .30-caliber platforms. The addition of .50-caliber systems is expected to help address a range-gap on the ground when facing better-equipped separatists.
Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova last week said weapon shipments by the U.S. and Canada were made without thinking of the greater ramifications. “Washington and Ottawa should realize that there is no military solution to the Donbass conflict, which was caused by the state coup in Kiev, and that those who deliver weapons to murderers will share the blame for people’s deaths,” said Zakharova.
The move comes as Russian has withdrawn their contribution of some 75 military officers to the Joint Centre for Ceasefire Control and Coordination Group, a ceasefire observer force who serve a peacekeeping role in the in Ukraine’s volatile Donbass region between the country and the self-proclaimed Moscow-backed People’s Republic of Donetsk. Russian-state news organs cite abuse and “provocations” against JCCC members as the reason for the pullout, saying further work in the area “appears to be impossible.”
In meeting with Ukrainian officials in August, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said the U.S. stands with the country as it looks to bolster its relationship with the West and would continue building the capability of the Ukrainian forces. “This will make Ukraine’s forces more operationally effective as well as more effective protectors of the Ukrainian people, and we look forward to the full implementation of NATO standards in the midst of this conflict you’re currently fighting,” said Mattis.
Traces of #anthrax antibodies were discovered in the system of a #North #Korean #soldier who had defected to South Korea at some point in 2017, a local South Korean television station reported Tuesday.
The soldier’s name and exact date of defection were not disclosed. But the defector is said to have been exposed to or vaccinated for anthrax, a serious bacterial disease, UPI reported, citing Channel A. They reportedly became immune to the disease before defection.
“Anthrax antibodies have been found in the North Korean soldier who defected this year,” according an unnamed South Korean official speaking to Channel A.
The news comes amid earlier reports that North Korea was beginning tests to mount anthrax onto intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of reaching the U.S.
“North Korea has started experiments such as heat and pressure equipment to prevent anthrax from dying even at a high temperature of over 7,000 degrees generated at the time of ICBM's re-entry into the atmosphere.”
The tests were to determine if anthrax could handle the intense heat and pressure it would experience on an ICBM.
“North Korea has started experiments such as heat and pressure equipment to prevent anthrax from dying even at a high temperature of over 7,000 degrees generated at the time of ICBM's re-entry into the atmosphere,” the Japanese newspaper Asahi reported, citing an unidentified person connected to South Korean intelligence services. “In part, there is unconfirmed information that it has already succeeded in such experiments.”
Similarly, the White House released a report on Dec. 18 saying that the rogue nation was “pursuing chemical and biological weapons” that could be “delivered by missile.”
Lake-effect snow buried #Pennsylvania ’s fourth largest city under more than four feet of #snow over #Christmas, smashing both local and state snowfall records while hampering holiday travel around the Great Lakes. With snow falling at a rate of up to three inches per hour, the National Weather Service reported Erie, Pa., picked up at least 58 inches of snow since the storm began on Christmas Eve. The bulk of that fell in a 30-hour period from Christmas morning into Tuesday.
Erie officials have declared a state of emergency and are pleading with motorists to stay off city streets and nearby highways, including Interstates 90 and 79. Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf (D) was also expected to call up some national guardsmen because so much snow has fallen there is concern ambulances will not able to reach some patients. “They don’t have vehicles high enough, so we are currently working with the national guard to be able to deploy Humvee ambulances to assist them,” said Richard D. Flinn, the secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Emergency Management. “We will also provide the state police with Humvees in case they need it.”
According to the National Weather Service, Erie received 34 inches on Christmas Day, easily topping its previous 24-hour snowfall record. After another 24 inches piled up from midnight through 5 p.m. Tuesday, the National Weather Service said Erie had broken Pennsylvania’s previous all-time two-day state snowfall record, set in 1958 when Morgantown received 44 inches. An additional one foot to two feet of snow could fall across Erie through Wednesday. So far, Erie has received 97 inches of snow in December, making it the snowiest month in the city’s history. The city averages about 100 inches of snow in an entire season.
Five years ago, shortly after he took power in #Venezuela, self-proclaimed #Socialist, Nicolas Maduro, precipitously outlawed all private ownership of #guns, as well as transfers of guns. All privately-owned guns were to be immediately “turned-in.” Few were!
Shouting, “We are going to bring disarmament and peace,” Interior Minister Nestor Reverol has since staged a number of Stalinist-style gun-confiscation events, to the cheers of anti-gun politicians around the world, including some here in the USA. Now, just five years later, Maduro, labeling all political opponents “imperialist aggressors,” has decided to reverse himself and actually start issuing military small arms to untrained civilians, but only to his supporters, whom he has now promoted to the rank of “Militiamen!”
“A gun for every ‘Militiaman,’” he is now saying (with a straight face), doing a wonderful imitation of Mussolini, who did the identical thing. This newly-formed army of modern-day “Blackshirts” will, of course, be expected to threaten, intimidate, herd into gulags, and ultimately murder all who fail to adulate Maduro and his every move. Those who hesitate, will quickly find themselves on the “wrong side” of the political fence!
Are we paying attention? The foregoing is where the wet-dream of “gun-control” fits-in with overall objectives of all crypto-Marxists. It always ends-up in the same place! Only naive liberals claim (falsely) to be “surprised.” The rest of us surely aren’t! “The worst enemies of new radicals are old liberals!” ~ Lenin, again…
There's White Christmas. And then there's Whiteout Christmas.
Erie, #Pennsylvania , experienced the second one Monday when a total of 34 inches of snow fell on #Christmas Day, blanketing the city and shattering the city's previous records for snowfall in a single day.
The #snowfall total was more than four times the city's previous all-time Christmas record of 8.1 inches, and it also broke the record for most snowfall in one day in the city's history, which was 20 inches on Nov. 22, 1956. The snow didn't stop overnight, either.
Erie picked up another 19 inches of snow on Tuesday morning, making for a total ongoing snowfall total of 53 inches. That is the highest two-day snowfall total in the entire state of Pennsylvania, according to the National Weather Service.
The huge snowfall total is a consequence of lake-effect snow, a weather phenomenon where cold air combines with lake water to create narrow bands of powerful snow. The lake effect snow is expected to continue through Wednesday afternoon, the National Weather Service said.
Kara Murphy has lived in Millcreek Township, a suburb of Erie, for 15 years and told CNN she's never seen snow like this. She said they cleared the snow off of her in-laws' car Monday night, but it's already covered in snow again. She took this photo of the snowfall covering trees and the in-laws' car at about 7:30 a.m. Tuesday.
The #UN #Security Council unanimously adopted a new set of draconian US-drafted sanctions on #NorthKorea that will further strangle its energy supplies and tighten restrictions on smuggling and the use of North Korean workers overseas.
Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the UN, claimed that the new sanctions, levied in response to Pyongyang's November 29 ballistic missile test, went even further than sanctions passed in September that, at the time, were called the toughest yet.
"Today, we cut deeper," Haley said. She said the UN had repeatedly offered Pyongyang a choice and repeatedly, in its continued missile tests, the regime had "chosen the path of isolation."Hailing the unity of the Security Council vote and referring to leader Kim Jong Un, Haley said that, "we will continue to match the Kim regime's choice of aggressive action with actions of international sanctions." North Korea, she said, is "this most tragic example of evil in the modern world."
President Donald Trump chimed in with a tweet noting the vote. "The United Nations Security Council just voted 15-0 in favor of additional Sanctions on North Korea. The World wants Peace, not Death!" he said.
Resolution 2397 cuts exports of gasoline, diesel and other refined oil products by a total of 89%, Haley said.
The resolution also bans exports of industrial equipment, machinery, transportation vehicles and industrial metals to North Korea. It requires countries using North Korean laborers to send them back home no later than 24 months from the adoption of the resolution The resolution also requires countries to stop ships from illegally providing oil to North Korea through ship-to-ship transfers and prohibits them from smuggling North Korean coal and other prohibited commodities by sea. Kelly Magsamen, a former deputy assistant secretary of defense for Asian and Pacific security affairs, said the resolution represented another sign of international unity, but added a caution. While the restrictions on oil "will have an effect on the North Korean economy," Magsamen said, "whether that produces the North Koreans at the negotiating table I think is an open question."
The UN levied sanctions against North Korea in August and September. The US took unilateral steps against the country in July, August, September, October and November. And Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has orchestrated a "peaceful pressure" campaign aimed at slowly cutting off Pyongyang's diplomatic ties and financial resources, to force it to come to the negotiating table.
Against that backdrop, Trump has issued a steady stream of belligerent rhetoric, including a threat to "totally destroy" North Korea, raising fears of a military confrontation "At the end of the day, we are either going to have a negotiated outcome, or some sort of scenario where either the US decides to use force, or we are in a containment and deterrent scenario," said Magsamen, a CNN security analyst now with the Center for American Progress.
The #cryptocurrency ecosystem is agog with #Bitcoin price so much that events happening around the underlying technology are forced to take a back seat from the eyes of the public. This, however, does not take anything away from the plenty technological inputs going on in the background with Bitcoin, Blockchain and the entire crypto ecosystem.
For instance, due to the amount of its user base, miner base and network size, Bitcoin is a very secure yet isn't very adaptable to market's needs. This is where smaller scale cryptocurrency such as PIVX, Litecoin and Dash come in where they are able to innovate and improve its underlying technology utilizing the different block consensus and governance system. This allows adding of new Blockchain technology without guesswork if its users will support the change.
This leads us to ask is Bitcoin the most valuable currency in the world?
"Bitcoin is already up 500 percent since I recommended it in the beginning of July, and I'm looking for another 500 percent move from here. The end-game on Bitcoin is that it will hit $300,000 to $400,000 in my opinion, and it will be the most valuable currency in the world." - Ronnie Moas
Bitcoin’s volatility has been a hot talking point over the past few months, with enthusiasts and industry specialists taking the ‘hodl’ approach. The bullish approach has created scarcity on the market which has driven up value.
People are constantly asking if it’s ‘too late to buy Bitcoin,’ but Moas insists on buying in dips constantly.
"I look at Bitcoin the same way I look at Amazon. The way to play Amazon for the last 15 years was to buy it, hold it, and add on the dips. That's exactly the way I think people should be playing Bitcoin."
What's your take on the Bitcoin technology based currency? Let us know in the comment section below...
An #Amtrak #train that derailed Monday during its inaugural ride on a new line in Washington state was traveling at 80 mph in a 30 mph zone, the National Transportation Safety Board said, citing data recorder information.
Bella Dinh-Zarr, an NTSB board member, said at a news conference late Monday that information from the data recorder in the rear locomotive provided information about the train’s speed.
At least three people were killed in the derailment, and more than 70 others were taken to a hospital for medical treatment, police said. Dinh-Zarr said it was not yet known what caused the train to derail and that it was "too early to tell" why the train was going so fast.
Transportation Department spokeswoman Barbara LaBoe said earlier Monday the curve where the train was crossing has a speed limit of 30 mph, the Seattle Times reported. “Engineers are trained to slow trains according to posted speeds,” LaBoe said.
Additionally, Amtrak President Richard Anderson told reporters in a conference call that Positive Train Control – the technology that can slow or stop a speeding train – wasn’t in use on the stretch of track where the derailment unfolded.
The FBI said in a statement that there was no information to suggest a nexus to terrorism or any elevated risk to Washington residents. The agency was assisting the NTSB in its investigation.
Chart shows speed limits
A track chart prepared by the Washington State Department of Transportation shows the maximum speed drops from 79 mph to 30 mph for passenger trains just before the tracks curve to cross Interstate 5, which is where the train went off the tracks.
The chart, dated Feb. 7, was submitted to the Federal Railroad Administration in anticipation of the start of passenger service along a new bypass route that shaves off 10 minutes for the trip between Seattle and Portland, Ore.
At least three people were killed when an #Amtrak train derailed outside Tacoma on a new route between Seattle and Portland, DuPont Fire Chief Larry Creekmore said Monday night. More than 100 people were taken to hospitals, he said.
An Amtrak passenger #train on its first trip on a new service route derailed Monday morning near DuPont, Washington, spilling 13 cars off an Interstate 5 overpass and killing several people, according to the spokesman for the Pierce County Sheriff's Office and the Washington State Patrol.
All the deaths were contained to the train, said Ed Troyer, the Pierce County Sheriff's Office spokesman, adding that some of the rail cars were not yet safe to search.
"We know that there's nobody alive in them at this point, but there are some other fatals that we are probably going to find," Troyer said. "We just don't know until they can shore up those train cars and get in there and search them."
Troyer said there were "multiple fatalities" but couldn't provide a precise number.
--Amtrak President & Co-CEO Richard Anderson said "Positive Train Control" was not activated on the tracks when the derailment happened. PTC is a technology that automatically slows down, and eventually stops, a train if it senses it is going too fast.
-- Thirteen cars jumped the track. The train had 14 cars, including two engines, said Brook Bova of the Washington State Patrol.
--The National Transportation Safety Board announced it is sending a 20-member team to investigate.
Fayetteville, #AR - The badly named #NewYork SAFE Act continues to make the life of the state’s law-abiding #gunowners difficult. Residents who are deemed worthy of a pistol permit – permission to own in their homes, to carry to hunting or target shooting, or carry generally, depending on the good graces of law enforcement – that were issued prior to January 2013 must get them renewed. Or risk having their weapons confiscated.
Governor Cuomo believes that “when they write the history books they’re going to say, ‘New York got it right,’” whoever “they” might be – perhaps he is preparing copy for the Ministry of Truth. The state legislature predictably placed the burden of getting the word out on county law enforcement agencies, and those people who live in New York City or surrounding counties can’t use the state police website to renew. The law was passed in a hurry over the objections of sheriffs and county clerks. The original seven-round magazine capacity limit got tossed out in court, while most of the provisions have taken effect. But many owners of so-called assault weapons in the state are refusing to register them, suggesting that the spirit of liberty is alive even in one of the worst states for gun owners.
In the same way that the USA PATRIOT Act was a knee-jerk response to 9/11, the NY SAFE Act came as an effort to look busy after the Sandy Hook school shooting, an example of politicians’ belief that punishing people who did no wrong will somehow prevent such incidents in the future. If the non-compliance in New York isn’t enough to show that a total ban and mandatory confiscation of “assault weapons” would fail, consider the fact that there are millions of AR-15s in circulation alone, not to mention the many other models of semiautomatic rifles with detachable magazines out there. And if by some perverse miracle good people could be convinced to hand in their guns, Americans who are already criminals aren’t likely to change their ways by being asked, and enough of them specialize in bringing contraband into the country to make effective control of “assault weapons” a pipe dream. Those pipes could be filled with the drugs that are used to conceal guns as they cross the borders.
The reality that gun control advocates refuse to admit is that the only outcome of their demands would be increased harassment of people who aren’t harming anyone. It’s hard not to believe that this is exactly the purpose of such proposals. We live in a nation that is the main stage of security theater, the promise that if we will take off our shoes to get on an airplane, hand over our drivers’ licenses to buy cold medicine, and tolerate bans and restrictions on a constitutionally enumerated right to save the children, the Millennium will arrive, and we will all be at peace. Except that plenty of nations have strict gun control and homicide rates that are far higher than ours. And some nations with strict gun laws have rates that are lower than ours. The classic saying is that correlation doesn’t prove causation, but when correlation doesn’t exist, there certainly isn’t evidence for a cause. This doesn’t stop the advocates of control, and it’s up to those of us who care about rights to say no, to remind our elected leaders that their jobs depend on protecting rather than violating those rights.
MISSOULA, Mont. The group behind the creation of our #nationalforest system – the Boone and Crockett Club – today applauds #Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) for introducing legislation to improve the highly-regarded Good Neighbor Authority.
The new bill titled the Good Neighbor Authority Improvement Act will strengthen the Forest Service's ability to partner with states on forest health projects to improve forest habitat for big game, game birds, and other wildlife. The legislation improves the original Good Neighbor Authority enacted in the 2014 Farm Bill, which allows states to speed projects from planning to execution, better fund the process, and strengthen collaborative support for beneficial and necessary projects that continually face the threat of being bogged down in litigation.
“As the management budget of the Forest Service is depleted by larger and more devastating wildfires, it is increasingly important to allow states to lend a hand in federal forest restoration,” said Ben B. Hollingsworth Jr., president of the Boone and Crockett Club. “The Good Neighbor Authority Improvement Act will allow states to work on a broader array of projects to create healthier forests. This is good for the health and vitality of our federal forest public lands, our water quality, the wildlife living there, and everyone who relies on these lands for outdoor recreation.” Meaningful forest management reforms meant to strengthen the Forest Service's ability to restore the Nation's forests and improve their resilience to destructive wildfires must be a part of any solution Congress enacts.
The Department of #Justice and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, #Firearms and Explosives( #ATF )announced they have taken the first steps toward determining the legality of the bump stock, a controversial device designed to enable a shooter to achieve a rate of fire approximating full-auto on a semi-auto firearm.
“The Department of Justice has the duty to enforce our laws, protect our rights, and keep the American people safe,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement. “Possessing firearm parts that are used exclusively in converting a weapon into a machine gun is illegal, except for certain limited circumstances. Today we begin the process of determining whether or not bump stocks are covered by this prohibition.”
The press release goes on to say that the ATF has initiated the process by drafting what’s called an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) and submitting it to the Office of Management and Budget. The ANPRM is meant to give both the public and industry the chance to submit comments to the ATF about bump stocks to “inform” the ATF’s decision regarding the device.
“We will go through the regulatory process that is required by law and we will be attentive to input from the public,” Sessions continued. “This Department is serious about firearms offenses, as shown by the dramatic increase in firearms prosecutions this year. The regulatory clarification we begin today will help us to continue to protect the American people by carrying out the laws duly enacted by our representatives in Congress.”
The move comes two months after 64-year-old Stephen Paddock shot and killed 58 people and injured over 500 others while firing onto open-air concert-goers from his room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Out of the 23 rifles found in Paddock’s hotel room, 12 of them were reportedly equipped with bump stock devices. Bump stocks were approved by the ATF back in 2010.
“The stock has no automatically functioning mechanical parts or springs and performs no automatic mechanical function when installed. In order to use the installed device, the shooter must apply constant forward pressure with the non-shooting hand and constant rearward pressure with the shooting hand,” the bureau said in its approval letter to bump stock maker Slide Fire. “Accordingly, we find that the ‘bump-stock’ is a firearm part and is not regulated as a firearm under Gun Control Act or the National Firearms Act.” Thomas Brandon, the acting director of the ATF, is expected to testify Wednesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee, where he will be fielding questions on bump stocks.
A #Texas state official said last week the federal #backgroundcheck system needs more resources to function properly — and congressional #funding would be a good place to start.
David Slayton, administrative director of the Texas Office of State Court Administration, told the #Senate Judiciary Committee last week federal grants in 2012 and 2013 helped the Lonestar State boost its criminal records reporting 69 percent. Two years later, Texas lawmakers codified time-sensitive reporting mandates for family violence and emergency protective orders, ensuring the databases feeding the National Instant Criminal Background Check System would populate the disqualifying records in time to prevent an illegal gun transfer. “As you know, the NICS database is only as good as the records it contains, and we feel that Texas has made great strides in improving the reporting of mental health records and domestic violence disqualifiers to it,” Slayton said. “Without the federal funding for these projects, the significant improvements in Texas likely would not have occurred.”
Fixing NICS became a congressional priority after a former Airman gunned down 26 people at a Texas church last month with a rifle his domestic assault convictions barred him from owning. The breakdown in the background check system illuminated lackadaisical reporting practices in the U.S. Air Force and Department of Defense — a longstanding issue dating back two decades. A review of Department of Justice records in 1997 and 2015 found roughly one third of service members’ criminal convictions were missing from federal databases.
Texas Republican Sen. John Cornyn sponsored a measure two weeks after the shooting providing incentives to states and federal agencies that upload disqualifying criminal and mental health records to NICS — a practice an FBI spokesman told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Dec. 6 already exists, with positive results. “At the end of 2007, federal agencies had submitted just over 4 million records to the NICS. By the end of 2016, that number had risen to nearly 8.5 million,” said Douglas Lindquist, assistant director of the FBI’s Criminal Justice Services Information Division. “While recent events have demonstrated that reporting is not perfect, the FBI is committed to working with all federal agencies to help them implement their existing record sharing plans – as it has since NICS’s inception.”
Likewise, he said, state agencies increased disqualifying record uploads by 600 percent over the last decade, with more than 7 million entries available as of 2016. Despite this, dozens of states and federal agencies still don’t update the necessary databases feeding NICS — the Interstate Identification Index, the National Crime Information Center and the NICS Indices — punching gaping holes in the efficacy of the background check system and blinding dealers and the FBI as to the criminal history of potential buyers.
It’s exactly what happened, at least twice, when 26-year-old Devin Patrick Kelley bought guns from dealers in Texas and Colorado, despite 2012 convictions for attacking his wife and infant stepson while serving at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico. Military officials court-martialed, jailed and discharged Kelley over the convictions, but never reported the information to the FBI. Three years after his bad conduct discharge, Kelley murdered 26 people and wounded 20 others when he shot up the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, on Nov. 5. Among the victims were nine members of the same family and a pregnant woman.
In the words of New York's Governor, it was "one of our worst nightmares".
The relief for Andrew Cuomo and many others was that would-be #suicidebomber Akayed Ullah failed in his attempt to bring carnage to a rush-hour transport hub.
It is evident though from the security camera footage of the moment of detonation that the 27-year-old's #attack had the potential to cause much greater damage. That it did not is a blessing. But what happened in that passageway beneath the Port Authority Bus Terminal is indeed the nightmare scenario that #NewYork or London or any major city confronts on a daily basis. That Ullah was able to carry his apparently homemade pipe bomb into a crowded metro system with such apparent ease and then set it off is causing alarm and raising questions. The Port Authority terminal is used by a quarter of a million people every day. Like public transport stations around the world, by necessity, it is designed to facilitate free movement of the commuter masses.
Is there any way you can do that and guarantee watertight security? Because of the sheer numbers of users, security experts say it would be impractical to install airport-type screening on the New York Subway, the Paris Metro or the London Underground.It is evident from Ullah's effort that, even when there is security camera coverage of relevant areas of stations, stopping an attacker in the act is not always possible. So cities like New York rely heavily on the eyes and ears of the public - the "see something, say something" approach that has undoubtedly saved lives over the years.
The intelligence services play a major role too in tracking would-be attackers but we know they are stretched. The IRA threat after the Brighton bombing reminds us, they have to be lucky every time, the terrorist has to be lucky once. We have seen that those terrorists do not have to go to the lengths of building a bomb. They can use a car or a van to wreak the havoc they seek. The public then is faced with that risk as a fact of life and with the front line of helping tackle it. In the past, Donald Trump has been quick to criticize cities for how they handle such atrocities. He was noticeably less hasty to tweet after this attempted attack.
STATE CONSTITUTIONAL PROVISION -- Article 1, Section 26
(a) Every citizen has a fundamental #right to bear arms in #defense of himself or herself and the state. Any restriction on this right shall be subject to strict scrutiny.
(b) No citizen shall be compelled by any international treaty or international law to take an action that prohibits, limits, or otherwise interferes with his or her fundamental right to keep and bear arms in defense of himself or herself and the state, if such treaty or law, or its adoption, violates the United States Constitution.
Gun Laws Overview
- RIFLES & SHOTGUNS HANDGUNS
- Licensing of Owners No No
- Permit to Carry No Yes
- Permit to Purchase No No
- Registration of Firearms No No
The list below is included as a tool to assist you in validating your information. We have made every effort to report the information correctly, however reciprocity and recognition agreements are subject to frequent change. The information is not intended as legal advice or a restatement of law and does not include: restrictions that may be placed on non-resident permits, individuals under the age of 21, qualifying permit classes, and/or any other factor which may limit reciprocity and/or recognition. For any particular situation, a licensed local attorney must be consulted for an accurate interpretation. YOU MUST ABIDE WITH ALL LAWS: STATE, FEDERAL AND LOCAL.
- Castle Doctrine Enacted
- No-Net Loss Enacted
- Right to Carry Confidentiality Provisions Enacted
- Right to Carry Laws Shall Issue
- Right to Carry Reciprocity and Recognition Outright Recognition
- Right to Carry in Restaurants Legal
Right to Keep & Bear Arms State Constitutional Provisions With Provisions
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IMPORTANT RECIPROCITY NOTES: Alaska, Colorado and Iowa permit holders must be 21 years of age to carry in this state. A Class 1 North Dakota permit holder must be 21 years of age, a Class 2 permit holder, at least 18 years of age. Florida recognizes an Alabama permit if the permit holder is 21 years old or older.
MCRGO's Board of Directors has approved the following position regarding the National Reciprocity legislation in #Congress :
The #Michigan Coalition for Responsible #Gun Owners (MCRGO) supports the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 in the United States Congress and we call on Michigan Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters to vote in favor of its passage in the United States Senate.
This legislation is the the single most effective development to ensure personal and family protection of self-defense rights in modern American history. The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act is the culmination of a 30-year movement recognizing the right of all law-abiding Americans to defend themselves, and their loved ones, including when they cross state lines.
The bill, H.R. 38, ensures that those Americans who can legally carry a concealed firearm in Michigan will legally be able to do so in every other state. It eliminates the confusing patchwork of state laws that have ensnared otherwise law-abiding gun owners, and have forced law enforcement to waste their precious time and resources enforcing laws that don't do anything to reduce violent crime.
The bill also makes improvements to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, NICS. All Americans, including law-abiding gun owners, agree that violent criminals should not have legal access to firearms.
However, the system is only as good as its records, and recent events have shown that sometimes the correct information is not entered into the system.
This bill incentivizes states and government agencies to update the NICS with legitimate records of prohibited persons. Additionally, the bill creates an expedited process for removing records that are erroneously put in the system.
Currently, when a person discovers they have been wrongly added to the NICS, it can take two years to get their name removed. This bill requires a response to an appeal within 60 days.
MCRGO thanks NRA-ILA for its three decades of leadership toward achieving full national reciprocity.
Russia has been banned from taking part in the 2018 #Winter #Olympics in South Korea due to concerns over doping. However, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has said that individual "Russian clean athletes" will still be able to take part as neutral competitors at the event in Pyeongchang from 9-25 February next year.
The president of the #Russian skating union has described the decision as "offensive and insulting". Banning an entire country from the Games is an unprecedented move for the IOC. It comes following a 17-month doping investigation which concluded that there was a "systemic manipulation of the anti-doping rules and system in Russia".
The IOC has also banned Russian deputy prime minister and former sports minister Vitaly Mutko from the Olympic movement for life. Mr Mutko, who continuously denied state-backed doping was occurring, is currently head of the organising committee for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. His then deputy minister, Yuri Nagornykh, has also been banned for life.
No official from the Russian Ministry of Sport will be allowed accreditation for the Pyeongchang Games, the committee ruled. The Russian Olympic Committee has also been ordered to pay $15 million (£11.2m) to the IOC for the cost of the investigation and to strengthen the global anti-doping system.
#Zimbabwe President Robert #Mugabe resigned Tuesday, ending nearly four decades of rule in the #Southern #African country. The country’s Parliament speaker said he received a letter from the 93-year-old leader soon after lawmakers launched impeachment proceedings against him. The letter submitted to Parliament by Mugabe said his decision to resign was voluntary.
Mugabe, who ruled over Zimbabwe since 1980, succumbed to mounting pressure for his resignation amid political turmoil that triggered a military takeover a week ago and widespread protests. He said that proper procedures should be followed to install new leadership.
The impeachment allegations against Mugabe included that he “allowed his wife to usurp constitutional power” and that he is “of advanced age.” Mugabe was also accused of allowing his unpopular first lady Grace Mugabe to threaten to kill the recently fired Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa and other officials.
Mnangagwa served for decades as Mugabe's enforcer, with a reputation for being astute and ruthless, more feared than popular.
A #NorthKorean soldier was shot by fellow troops Monday as he defected to South Korea, a rare occurrence that comes as President #Donald #Trump wraps up a two week trip in Asia where he called on leaders there to help confront the nuclear threat from the North.
Four North Korean soldiers fired nearly 40 rounds at their fleeing comrade, hitting him five times, according to CBS News. It was the first shooting in the Joint Security Area in the village of Panmunjom in more than 30 years, according to the South’s military.
South Korean soldiers did not open fire during the ordeal. The soldier was wounded, but made it to the South where he underwent a five hour surgery. A hospital outside Seoul said the bullets were removed, but he now relies on a breathing machine.
Officials with South Korea’s military say he drove a Jeep to the border, but began running when a wheel got stuck in a ditch. That’s when he was fired upon. He was found under a pile of leaves, about 55 yards south of the border. South Korean soldiers had to crawl towards him to rescue him.
#Stephen #Willeford shot and chased the man who killed 26 people in a #Texas church on Sunday.
Willeford was at home when his daughter came into his bedroom to tell him she heard gunshots at the First Baptist #Church nearby.
Willeford, a former #NRA instructor, got his rifle out of his safe while his daughter looked outside again. She ran back in and told him she saw a man in black tactical gear shooting up the church. "I kept hearing the shots, one after another, very rapid shots - just 'pop pop pop pop' and I knew every one of those shots represented someone, that it was aimed at someone, that they weren't just random shots," Willeford said."
Willeford loaded his magazine and ran across the street to the church, not even taking the time to put on shoes. When Willeford saw the gunman, he exchanged gunfire. "He saw me and I saw him," Willeford said. "I was standing behind a pickup truck for cover." "I know I hit him," Willeford said. "He got into his vehicle, and he fired another couple rounds through his side window. When the window dropped, I fired another round at him again."
The gunman then sped down the highway. Willeford spotted a pickup truck at a stop sign. He ran to the truck and asked the driver for help. "That guy just shot up the Baptist church. We need to stop him," Willeford told the driver. Willeford and the driver chased the gunman down the highway. On the way, they called 911 to give a description of the gunman's vehicle and where they were.
Eventually, they caught up to the gunman's truck. The gunman slowed down before speeding up and hitting a road sign. The gunman's truck flipped and went down into a ditch. Willeford got out of the truck and put his rifle on top of the truck, keeping his eye on where the gunman's vehicle was.
Willeford yelled "get out of the truck, get out of the truck," but never saw any movement. Law enforcement came to the scene. They believe the gunman committed suicide.
The gunman behind the deadliest mass #shooting in #Texas history had in-laws who attended the #church he targeted, the local sheriff said.
"We know that his ex- in-laws or in-laws came to church here from time to time," Wilson County Sheriff Joe Tackitt told CNN Monday. "They were not here yesterday. So we don't know why he actually showed up yesterday." The rifle-wielding shooter burst into the sanctuary of the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs on Sunday, killing 26 people -- including children. Another 20 people were wounded.
The massacre left about 4% of the small town's population dead. And virtually no one at the church was left unscathed, Tackitt said.
The shooter was first shot by an armed resident who confronted the gunman outside the church. The suspect then turned the gun on himself, authorities said. He was dressed in all-black tactical gear, including a ballistic vest, and was later found dead in his vehicle.
Speaking from Japan, #President Donald #Trump expressed condolences for the victims during a Monday news conference and said he believes the shooting was caused by a "mental health problem," not an issue with US gun laws.
Here are the latest developments in the #NewYork #Terror #Attack:
- The suspect arrived in the US as part of the diversity immigrant visa program, the Department of Homeland Security said.
- Multiple knives were recovered in and around the suspect's rented truck after he was shot by police, Miller said.
- The #NYPD officer who shot the suspect was a 28-year-old with five years experience on the job, New York officials said.
Saipov came to the US from the central Asian nation of Uzbekistan in 2010 on a diversity immigrant visa, according to the Department of Homeland Security. The Diversity Immigrant Visa Program awards up to 50,000 individuals per year a visa for a green card, which bestows permanent residency and is a path to citizenship.
The visas are awarded randomly to those in select countries to promote immigration from places that don't otherwise send many immigrants to the US. The bill establishing the program was signed into law in 1990.
The 11,000 #firefighters battling "one of the greatest tragedies" to ever strike #California are starting to gain the upper hand. But as more residents return home from the #wildfire aftermath, many are discovering they have nothing to return home to. Allison De Toffoli took one look at her parents' home and sobbed. "They're 85 years old, and I just don't know if they can rebuild," she said.
The Santa Rosa house burned to the ground, along with decades of precious heirlooms. "So many family heirlooms -- I thought my whole life, 'I'm going to inherit these someday. This is what I'm going to pass down to my kids.' " Fifteen major wildfires are still tearing across California, scorching over 217,000 acres and destroying more than 5,700 structures.
At least 41 people have been killed, including a driver of a water tender truck who died in a single-vehicle rollover early Monday, fire officials said. Sonoma County officials said 88 people are still reported missing in that county. "This is truly one of the greatest, if not the greatest tragedy that California has ever faced," Gov. Jerry Brown said. "The devastation is just unbelievable, is a horror that no one could have imagined." The good news: The two largest fires are about 60% contained, and rain later this week could help quell the flames.
The total damages equates to $3 billion and rising. Entire subdivisions and neighborhoods have been incinerated, leaving only ash, debris and scorched earth. In Sonoma County, damages are expected to cost more than $3 billion, tweeted State Sen. Mike McGuire, who represents the North Bay.
A lone gunman released a rapid-fire barrage of bullets from a 32nd-floor Las Vegas hotel room late Sunday, killing at least 50 people and injuring more than 400 others at an outdoor country music festival, police said.
The shooter, who was identified by law enforcement officials as Stephen Craig Paddock, 64, of Mesquite, Nevada, fired shot after shot from the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino down on the crowd of about 22,000, sending terrified concertgoers running for their lives.
“We heard what sounded like firecrackers going off. Then all of a sudden we heard what sounded like a machine gun. People started screaming that they were hit," witness Meghan Kearney told MSNBC. "When we started running out, there were probably a couple hundred [people] on the ground.”
- 50 people were killed, more than 400 injured in deadliest mass shooting in modern American history.
- Gunman identified as Stephen Paddock, a 64-year-old man from Mesquite, Nevada.
- At least 10 weapons were found inside Paddock's room at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.
- President Donald Trump is monitoring the developments, the White House said.
San Juan, Puerto Rico - #Hurricane #Maria kept thrashing #PuertoRico on Wednesday, ripping trees out of the ground and hammering two-thirds of the island with hurricane-force winds.
"This is total devastation," said Carlos Mercader, a spokesman for Puerto Rico's governor. "Puerto Rico, in terms of the infrastructure, will not be the same. ... This is something of historic proportions."
Maria killed seven people on the #Caribbean island nation of Dominica, said Gaston Browne, the Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda. Browne said he had been communicating with the Prime Minister of Dominica, Roosevelt Skerrit, who reported "widespread devastation" and whose own house was shredded by the storm.
Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico on Wednesday near the city of Yabucoa with winds of 155 mph, the National Hurricane Center said. By 11 a.m., those winds had weakened to 140 mph, but Maria was still a Category 4 hurricane capable of ripping roofs off houses.
Maria was expected to dump at least 12 to 18 inches of rain on the island before barreling toward the Dominican Republic starting Wednesday night, then on to Turks and Caicos and the southeastern Bahamas by Thursday night, the National Hurricane Center predicted.
Millions of people remain without power while parts of #Florida, #Georgia and #SouthCarolina continue to be #swamped with #flooding.
The scale of devastation left by #Hurricane #Irma was far greater than anyone expected, #Donald #Trump has said.
Millions of people are still without power and more than 180,000 are now staying in shelters in Florida after the #storm swept through the state on its way to Georgia and South Carolina.
In Jacksonville, Irma brought some of the worst flooding the city has ever seen, with more than 350 people rescued by emergency workers on Monday.
And in the south of the state displaced residents from parts of the #FloridaKeys are only beginning to be allowed to return home after Irma blocked a major route and cut power, water and communication lines.
Commenting on the scale of the disaster, Mr Trump tweeted: "The devastation left by Hurricane Irma was far greater, at least in certain locations, than anyone thought - but amazing people working hard!"
Florida Keys felt the fullest extent of Irma when it made landfall as a category four storm with 130mph winds on Sunday morning. State governor Rick Scott said there had been "devastation", adding: "My heart goes out to the people in the Keys."
"I just hope everybody survived," he said. "It's horrible what we saw." Roadblocks have been lifted for residents returning to #KeyLargo, #Tavernier and #Islamorada, but the Lower Keys remain off limits.
Corey Smith, a UPS driver who rode out the hurricane in Key Largo, said there was no power on the island and supermarkets were closed. "They're shoving people back to a place with no resources," he said. "It's just going to get crazy pretty quick."
#HURRICANE #Harvey killed at least five people in #Texas as its deadly #flooding continues to #devastate the United States. Here are the latest NOAA and NHC storm track updates, tracking map, forecasts and path projections.
Bringing you the latest #TropicalStorm Harvey path updates, storm track models, #weather #forecasts, tracking maps and videos as the storm loughs through Texas. Harvey hit Texas on Friday as a terrifying category 4 hurricane – one of the biggest to batter the US mainland in more than a decade.
Tropical Storm Harvey will remain off the coast of Texas tonight, with showers and #storms still battering the coast. According to the NWS: “Harvey will remain just off the coast tonight and keep showers and storms in the forecast. Mild low temperatures are expected.
The residents of #Houston are warned that the #US #Army Corps of Engineers will release water held up by two Houston-area reservoirs, because they have risen quickly in the wake of the hurricane. Water is being released from the Addicks and Barker reservoirs into the Buffalo Bayou.
"If we don't begin releasing now, the volume of uncontrolled water around the dams will be higher and have a greater impact on the surrounding communities," said Colonel Lars Zetterstrom.
Our #GunRodeo headquarters based in #Oregon got a glimpse of the 2017 #SolarEclipse. Take a look at our #Eclipse video!
#North #Korea may soon conduct its sixth #nucleartest in the face of the #United #States decision to move a carrier group toward the region.
Satellite imagery shows activity at the #Punggyeri testing site, analysts from 38 North, a #US research institute that monitors #NorthKorea , wrote on its website Wednesday. Foreign journalists inside the country were told to prepare for a "big and important event" Thursday, Reuters reported.
The analysts added that there was movement around one of the portals and in the main administrative area of the site as well as personnel seen at the command center.
#South #Korean officials downplayed any news signs that a test was coming, #Bloomberg reported. South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff spokesman Roh Jae-cheon told reporters that #Seoul saw no signs that North Korea was preparing any sort of provocative actions. Officials added that #Pyongyang has maintained such readiness that it could conduct a missile test without warning, according to Reuters.
#Chinese President #Xi #Jingping told #Trump in a phone call Wednesday that he wants a #peaceful solution to ending North Korea’s #nuclear #weapons program and would be willing to work with Washington on the matter.
"China insists on realizing the denuclearization of the peninsula ... and is willing to maintain communication and coordination with the American side over the issue on the peninsula," Xi was quoted as saying by state media.
#US #President #Donald #Trump had warned North Korea Tuesday that he vowed to get #KimJongUn regime under control with or without China’s help.
Meanwhile, North Korea said Monday it would “hold the U.S. wholly accountable for the catastrophic consequences” if there was any further #military action after the #USS #Carl #Vinson arrives in the area of the Korean Peninsula.
#Russia is pouring money and #missiles into the #Arctic in the biggest #military push since the fall of the #SovietUnion. It is building a new generation of #nuclear icebreakers and opening new bases with long-range #bombers and #radarstations across the region, according to experts.
#ViktorMurahkovskiy, a #military expert and editor-in-chief of Homeland Arsenal Magazine, said: "If you compare to the #Soviet period, we haven't reached that level of presence in the Arctic yet. "If you compare to what was absent just 10-15 years ago, the growth is very fast, unprecedented as some media call it.
"But in my opinion the reason for it is Russia's strategic goal which is determined not by military tasks, but by securing #maritime #traffic along the northern route." #Moscow is rushing to re-open a chain of abandoned #Sovietmilitary, air and radar bases on remote Arctic islands and to build new ones, as it pushes ahead with a long-standing territorial claim to almost half a million square miles of the Arctic thought to contain extensive oil and gas reserves.
Low oil prices and #Western sanctions imposed as a result of Moscow's actions in #Ukraine mean ambitious new offshore Arctic oil and gas projects have been mothballed for now, but the #Kremlin is playing a longer game. It is building three new nuclear icebreakers, including the world's largest, which will bolster Russia's existing fleet of around 40 breakers, of which six are nuclear.
TONOPAH, AZ - The #Arizona Department of Public Safety is investigating after a #trooper was shot while responding to another call near #Tonopah early Thursday morning. The incident occurred after 4 a.m. on westbound I-10 west of Tonopah.
According to DPS Col. Frank Milstead, a citizen called to report that their vehicle was shot at from the median near milepost 81 on Interstate 10. A trooper in the area left another traffic stop nearby to investigate the call when he came upon a rollover crash near mile post 89. He saw a woman who had been ejected from the crash and began working to block lanes.
At that time, DPS says the trooper was #ambushed by a suspect who came from an unknown direction. The suspect shot the trooper at least once in the chest-shoulder area and fought the trooper to the ground. A passerby stopped to render aid and the trooper asked for help. Officials say the driver went back to his car, grabbed a #gun and #shot at the #suspect who was not following his commands to stop attacking the trooper. The suspect was killed.
Milstead has a message for the motorist who shot the suspect and called on the trooper's radio for help. "Thank you," Milstead said, "because I don't know if my trooper would be alive today without his assistance." Scroll through the timeline below to get a better understanding of the series of events that occurred.
DPS says the injured trooper, who has been with the department for 27 years, was taken to the hospital where he is awaiting surgery. He is in stable condition. "From what he has been through this morning, he is a true #hero, incredibly tough individual," Milstead said.
Arizona Governor Doug Ducey released the following statement on Thursday morning: "I urge Arizonans to join me in praying for a quick recovery for this #brave #ArizonaOfficer and thanking everyone who, through their actions in real time, showed our officers exactly what Arizona means when we say: 'You have our backs-and we will always have yours.'"
#BorisJohnson has declared #Britain is "first in line" for a #tradedeal with the #US, after meeting Donald Trump's senior advisers for talks. The #ForeignSecretary, who once quipped he would not visit parts of #NewYork because of the "real risk of meeting #DonaldTrump", praised the #Presidentelect "very exciting agenda of change".
He also said relations between the #UK and US would remain close once Mr #Trump takes office on 20 January. Outgoing President #BarackObama warned during the EU referendum campaign that Britain would be at the "back of the queue" for a trading agreement if voters opted to leave the EU.
But Mr Johnson said: "Clearly, the Trump administration-to-be has a very exciting agenda of change. "One thing that won't change though is the closeness of the relationship between the US and the UK. "We are the number two contributor to defence in NATO. We are America's principal partner in working for global security and, of course, we are great campaigners for #freetrade.
"We hear that we are first in line to do a great free trade deal with the United States. So, it's going to be a very exciting year for both our countries." Mr Johnson met Mr Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner and his chief strategist Steve Bannon in New York after flying there on Sunday.
He has also been meeting other key #Republicans in Washington, including House Speaker #PaulRyan. Prime Minister Theresa May is due to meet Mr Trump in Washington next month.
Thousands of #NorthKoreans have staged a mass rally in #Pyongyang to pledge support for leader #KimJongun and his #nuclear plans. Pumping their fists in the air they filled #KimIlSung square chanting "long live comrade Kim Jong-un" and other #communist slogans.
They also held banners proclaiming "let us accelerate the victorious advances of #socialism!". A party official was quoted by state media KCNA as saying: "The people should regard Kim Jong-un's New Year address as a motto of life and struggle."
Mr Kim used his 30-minute televised New Year's message to boast that his country was in the final stages of developing a long-range nuclear missile. It prompted US President-elect Donald Trump to tweet: "It won't happen", but at least one senior US diplomat believes North Korea poses a real threat.
After a meeting with officials from #SouthKorea and #Japan, #US Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken said North Korea had conducted nuclear and #missiletests with new intensity during 2016.
"They apply what they have learned to their technology and to the next test, and in our assessment we have seen a qualitative improvement in their capabilities over the past year as a result of this unprecedented level of activity," he said.
#Turkeys leader #President #RecepTayyipErdogan is gambling as he shifts policy over #Syria, says Sky's Dominic Waghorn.
When #Russian #ambassador to #Turkey was #assassinated some rashly asked if this was the 21st century's Sarajevo moment, comparing it to the killing of Archduke Ferdinand in 1914, the trigger to the First #WorldWar. Things have instead moved in the opposite direction, for now at least.
An already scheduled summit of #Turkish #Iranian and #Russian #foreign #ministers in #Moscow went ahead and Russia claims to have drawn up a #peaceplan for Syria. Crucially the declaration is focused on fighting 'terrorism', we are told, not on regime change. If that is true, it means Turkey has shifted further from its longstanding demands that Syria's president #Bashar #alAssad stands down. Throughout Syria's uprising and #civil war, Turkey and Russia have been on opposing sides. #Russia insists the answer is not removing #PresidentAssad from power, saying that only violent anarchy would fill the ensuing vacuum.
Turkey has agreed with the West that Assad is the cause of the problem. His brutal oppression of a peaceful uprising led to civil war and his intransigence in power has led to Syrians going to extreme ends to oppose him. elations began to thaw when Russia was among the first countries to condemn the coup against Turkey's Erdogan government. When Turkey invaded northern Syria, to repel a #Kurdish threat on its southern border, Russia went along with the incursion. The two countries cooperated again when Turkey brokered a ceasefire deal allowing the #evacuation of eastern #Aleppo.
It’s no secret that the Dec. 7, 1941, attack on #PearlHarbor, which killed more than 2,000 Americans, changed the course of history for the United States and the rest of the world. But it also dramatically altered the identity of the island paradise of #Hawaii, changing everyday life for the people who lived there and bringing tourism, one of the islands’ most important industries, to a halt.
Hours after the attack, Hawaii, a U.S. territory at the time, was placed under #martiallaw, and all of the islands’ residents were under the dictatorship of the u#smilitary, according to #Honolulu Bishop Museum historian DeSoto Brown. Let's take a look at #pearlharborfacts.
A curfew was imposed by the #military government on all civilians in Hawaii, which lasted for nearly the entire war. Without some sort of curfew pass like this one, citizens could be arrested after curfew.
#Gasmasks were issued to all Hawaii civilians over the age of 7, and practices like the one shown below were held to prepare for poison gas attacks or #airraids.
Every citizen of the #Hawaiian Islands was required to be #fingerprinted and issued an official ID card like this one. Under martial law, this card had to be carried at all times.
The patriotic slogan “Remember Pearl Harbor” was widely printed in the early war years. This sticker uses a snake to symbolize the treacherous sneak attack on Dec. 7, 1941.
The measure, prefiled in the House last week, would allow a person authorized to possess a #gun in the #constitutional #guncarry state to sue for injuries sustained on the property of a business that voluntarily prohibits firearms.
The sponsor of the proposal, Rep-elect Nick Schrorer, a Republican from O’Fallon who won with the strong endorsement of the National Rifle Association, hopes the bill will lead to businesses dropping their gun free zones.
“Hopefully, business owners are going to start looking at these decisions,” he told the Springfield News-Leader.
Schrorer’s measure, HB 96, would encourage publicly accessible businesses to drop current gun free zones out of fear of potential lawsuits arising after an incident, in effect, declaring one at their own risk and assuming custodial responsibility for their patrons. Those seeking to litigate would have a two-year window from the event and need to show they were legally able to carry a weapon at the time but were not armed due to a “no guns” sign posted in the business.
The Missouri bill is not the first time lawmakers have taken a stab at imperiling #gunfreezones with the threat of heightened exposure to lawsuits from the public.
#OhioState University #OSU is in #lockdown after an apparent shooting on campus, with seven people reportedly rushed to hospital with injuries. Two of those injured are believed to be in stable condition, but there is no word on the conditions of the other five.
The #university released an advisory urging students to "run, hide, fight". #Police are urging surrounding facilities to remain in lock down mode until the the Ohio State campus has been secured. Again if you see something or hear something that is suspicious please call or text 9-1-1 with your location setting turned on so that dispatch can accurately track where emergency occurring.
Witnesses said students began running frantically after #gunshots were heard, and that a man appeared to be dead on the ground. It was unclear whether the man they described was the suspect. Another witness said he saw police fire at a man who appeared to be running away. There are unconfirmed reports that the alleged #gunman was shot. He reportedly seen near Watts Hall, a materials science and engineering building.
Students were #barricaded inside of academic buildings as police conducted a sweep of the area. Police and #SWAT team members are surrounding the engineering building on Ohio State's campus, while students say they have been told there is another #suspect.
One man was seen being handcuffed near the scene, but it is unclear if that is related to the shooting.
COSHOCTON, OHIO — #Ohio school superintendents are increasingly implementing #concealedcarry programs into their schools. District by district, each school is deciding how it wants to implement new concealed carry policies for faculty and staff. With some counties, like #Coshocton, hoping to have a faculty member carrying concealed in each school, it has raised concerns as some communities claim they had little or no notification of those changes.
“Five years ago we probably wouldn’t have considered it, and even three or two years ago I would still have been saying this is not the direction we want to go,” said David Hire, Superintendent of Coshocton City Schools, who hopes to have #armedstaff members in his schools by year end. “But we’re living in a society where this is becoming almost weekly or every other week where there is some event somewhere around the country.”
In all honesty, we’ll likely hear plenty of parents, other teachers, and media pundits lambaste the notion that #teachers should be given #guns to #protect themselves and students. After all, when a teacher signs on to instruct children, he or she likely has absolutely no preconceived notion about having to also fight.
With the possible removal of #silencers/#suppressors from #NationalFirearmsAct control, a number of legal questions around the devices emerge.
The current mechanism for change, H.R.3799 — the #HearingProtectionAct — is stuck in the U.S. House but would likely see a stronger reboot in the next Congress in 2017. If a new bill gains enough momentum to make it through #CapitolHill and onto the waiting desk of #President #Trump, it would leave a few things undecided if signed into law with its current language.
Today, some 42 states have legalized suppressor ownership for civilians, several within just the past few years. As the HPA simply removes the items from the purview of the NFA, the states that ban them now can continue to #ban them into the future. On the other hand, states that currently allow ownership could move to restrict it should the items no longer be shackled with requirements for tax stamps, registration and extensive waiting periods caused by paperwork.
“It’s no different than the states that prohibit the sale of #machineguns or even certain Title I firearms,” Adam Kraut, an attorney specializing in #SecondAmendment rights with the #Firearms Industry Consulting Group, told Guns.com.
While on the outset this fact would seem to hurt the legislation, it largely removes much of the steam from #antigun lawmakers hailing from states that currently ban #suppressors such as #California and #Illinois and insulates them from a backlash by their local constituents should they not be able to stop it. Subsequent measures at the state level could later add those outlier states to the 42.
#UK border security and the public need to be better prepared for the growing threat from #terrorism, one of the country's most senior #counterterrorism officers has said. A year on from the deadly gun and #bombattacks in #Paris, Scotland Yard's Deputy Assistant Commissioner #NeilBasu said "much more" must be done to protect borders, with an increase in #biometric scans and tamper-proof passports.
In an interview with the Press Association, he said: "Just in the same way you can smuggle illegal #firearms into a country, you can smuggle people into a country. And if one of those happens to be a terrorist, that's a big problem. "Society needs to debate what's required. But in law enforcement, I'd say if you want security, you need to improve your biometrics at the borders.
"Everybody's identity should be checked as they come through a border in a way that is foolproof."Fingerprints, iris scans, the documents need to be tamper-proof. What we need is a debate about what #bordersecurity really means."Mr Basu also expressed concern that the British public might not yet be fully aware of what to do in the face of a marauding Paris-style gun attack.
He revealed that only one in 10 members of the public had watched an official safety video, called "Run, Hide, Tell", which advises the best way to survive such an atrocity.
SACRAMENTO -- #California voters approved #Proposition63 to expand some of the nation's toughest gun control measures by banning large-capacity #ammunition magazines, requiring background checks for ammunition sales and speeding the seizure of #firearms from owners who are no longer allowed to own them.
Proposition 63's chief proponent, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, said voters are motivated in Tuesday's election by mass shootings like the terrorist slayings in San Bernardino last year. The ammunition restrictions and California's unique firearm seizure program should serve as models for other states, he said.
"#Ammo is the next great debate, I think, in #gunsafety in this country," Newsom said. "#Guns in and of themselves are not dangerous. ... It's a gun and the ammo that makes it deadly." But opponents including state associations representing #sheriffs and #police chiefs say the restrictions are likely to just confuse law-abiding #gunowners.
The state already has a program to remove #guns from those who are found guilty of a felony or a violent misdemeanor, found to be mentally unstable, or are the subject of a restraining order involving domestic violence. But the initiative sets up a new process requiring offenders to give up their weapons as soon as they are convicted. The #ballot measure would also increase the penalty for stealing a gun, reversing part of another initiative approved by voters in 2014. And it would require gun owners to report the loss or theft of firearms to local law enforcement within five days.
One prominent gun violence researcher said he believes #campuscarry laws only “invite tragedies” and will do nothing to prevent mass shootings or reduce crime.Except, that’s not the reason why supporters even want the ability to bring #firearms onto college campuses. It’s simply, they say, a matter of self-defense.
Daniel Webster, director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research and lead author of “Firearms on College Campuses: Research Evidence and Policy Implications,” argues colleges are “ill-suited to gun possession” and claims research proves armed civilians aren’t good at stopping mass shootings.
In his report, released last week, Webster cites data collected from a handful of recent studies he says support his claims.
“The risks and interconnectedness of violence, alcohol abuse and reckless behavior are elevated among college-age youths,” Webster said in a Washington Post editorial published Friday promoting the study. “The frequency of binge drinking among college students is a deep and enduring problem, and the evidence from studies of criminal assaults both outside and inside the home and comparisons of victims who are treated at hospitals for nonlethal assault-related injuries with homicides shows that the presence of firearms dramatically increases the risk of death and injury during altercations. Freely inserting firearms into this environment is a recipe for tragedy.”
#StudentsforConcealedCarry describes itself as “a student-run, national, non-partisan organization which advocates for legal #concealedcarry on college campuses in the United States as an effective means of self-defense.” But the idea that permitting concealed carry “will somehow introduce crime to the campus environment” is a common fallacy gun control advocates repeat often, Newbern said.
“This study follows that same tactic in a failed effort to add some academic credibility to that argument,” he said. Campus carry laws now exist in eight states: Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah and Wisconsin. Webster, however, doesn’t want to see other states join the list.
Hundreds of detainees are forced to live alongside possible targets in #Mosul, where heavily armed fighters lurk on street corners. And that's just what's above ground - ahead of an imminent push to liberate the northern #Iraqi city of 1.5 million people. Judging by what is being discovered in village after village captured from the so-called Islamic State (IS), another battle field is being carved beneath the earth not far from Mosul.
At the entrance to Bartella - a Christian town secured after five days of intense fighting - is a gantry hung above a hole some 30 feet deep and ten feet across. Just short of the bottom, a circular hole leads to a tunnel heading back towards the main road. "The Kurds have found a whole village like that - houses all linked underground by tunnels and all of the tunnels stuffed with explosives," said a #Kurdish colleague in touch with friends on the front line, 15 miles north at Bashiqa. "The whole place was rigged to go up."
Mosul - intelligence sources have indicated - may be similarly hollowed out and primed. The once multi-cultural city on the Tigris was captured over two years ago by #IS. Now, it may be rigged for horror. There are reports, already, of mass executions of more than 280 local people, including children. They had somehow angered the cult. Its membership, meanwhile, has been reinforced with foreign fighters glowing with the prospect of martyrdom. #Bartella is badly smashed up.
There are no signs of bodies but the burning buildings and bullet holes, the characteristic dandelion-shaped splashes made by rocket propelled #grenades when they hit walls, and the wires - wires everywhere - tell of a bitter fight through a booby-trapped maze.
What you are about to read is a reminder that even when you think you can become an instant contortionist and squeeze into tiny places where people simply don't belong; try to contain yourself. Remember call a lock smith... and just say no!
#Firefighters in Arizona lowered a rope to retrieve the man - who hugged one of his rescuers after his four-hour ordeal.
A man who locked himself out of his house had to be pulled to safety after he became stuck in his #chimney trying to get back in. A neighbor raised the alarm after hearing his screams - but he had to endure four hours wedged in the chimney until he was hauled back on to the roof. The 26-year-old emerged covered in thick #blacksoot to the amusement of fire fighters from #TusconFireDepartment in Arizona.
They used a rope to pull the man back up the chimney. Ironically, he had almost completed his unconventional entrance at the university-area property. His feet were touching the ground but he was unable to move because the space had narrowed as it went into the fireplace. The man emerged from the embarrassing incident blackened but otherwise unscathed.
In the latest salvo of law enforcement coming out against Question 3, which would mandate #backgroundchecks for private #gun transfers, the #Maine #Warden Service has voiced concerns.
The ballot measure, backed by more than $3 million in donations– largely from #guncontrol groups financed by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg– would change current state law to mandate many new instances in which a background check would have to occur before a firearm could be transferred from one person to another.
This has the Warden Service of the Maine Department of #InlandFisheries and #Wildlife worried about how it will affect #hunting, a sport in which guns are frequently loaned to others especially in the case of apprenticeship and youth hunting.
“For example, the law will make it far more difficult for two hunters who have no criminal records and are legally entitled by law to possess firearms to share or loan their firearm to other legal hunters who are not prohibited from possessing firearms,” noted the service in a statement on Q3 posted Tuesday.
In a bid to strengthen ties with #Russia amid mounting tensions with Pakistan, #IndianPrimeMinister Narendra Modi is looking to sign several key deals during the #RussianPresidents visit to Goa, southern India, for the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) Summit next week. The deal could set up India as one of the world's key military powers.
It will include the purchase of five S-400 Triumf long-range air #defencemissile systems to add to the 12 it already has, Kamov-28 helicopters and upgrades of the Sukhoi 30-MKI, which India already has 272 of and has cost them more than £10billion, paid to the Russians.
The joint production of Kamov-226 light helicopters and the long awaited joint development of the fifth generation fighter aircraft (FGFA) are also set to get a boost from the meeting, Russia and India Report claims.
If the S-400 deal goes through as planned it will be one of the biggest defence deals with Russia over the past few years and will increase India's striking abilities phenomenally.
Many #Haitians fled their homes as Category 4 #HurricaneMatthew hit the island's coastline with winds of up to 145mph. The hurricane reached the southwest coast of the island around 7am local time, pounding a largely rural corner of the impoverished country with #devastatingstorm conditions.
Rising sea levels had already caused extensive #flooding as the storm - predicted to be the most dangerous in the region in more than a decade - headed north towards Cuba. The US National Hurricane Centre's Richard Pasch said: "We are looking at a dangerous hurricane that is heading into the vicinity of western Haiti and eastern Cuba.
"People who are impacted by things like flooding and mudslides hopefully would get out and relocate because that's where we have seen loss of life in the past." Schools and two airports have been closed until Wednesday with more than 500 people evacuated from the city of Jeremie ahead of the tropical typhoon.
A #ControversialShaleGas has been imported to the UK from the United States. The company #INEOS sailed 27,500 cubic metres of the #MethaneGas on the ship JS Ineon Insight, which is docked at its Grangemouth plant on the Firth of Forth.
However, wind speeds prevented it from docking straight away. It is the first regular shipment from #USshalefields , where the gas is produced using the controversial #frackingmethod , of blasting rock underground. The UK-bound gas was #fracked two miles beneath farmland in Pennsylvania.
INEOS will use eight ships as part of what it calls a "virtual pipeline" to ensure a steady supply across the Atlantic. The company says it will preserve 10,000 jobs dependent on the Grangemouth plant, Scotland's largest industrial site, and provide an industrial boost UK-wide.
#Japan scrambled #FighterJets on Sunday after 40 #ChineseMilitaryAircraft strayed near its airspace.The jets were launched after the aircraft, including surveillance planes, a Su-30 fighter and an H-6K bomber, flew along the Miyako Strait between Japan's Miyako and Okinawa islands.
China conducted a "routine drill on the high seas" aimed at "testing far-sea #combat capabilities," Shen Jinke, the country's spokesperson for the #People'sLiberationArmyAirForce said in a statement. "Bombers and fighters of the People's Liberation Army Air Force also conducted routine patrols in the East China Sea Air Defence Identification Zone," the statement continued. It comes after Japan's defence minister, Tomomi Inada, said earlier this month that Tokyo would increase operational activity in the South China Sea with the US Navy and exercises with regional navies.
China has declared ownership over most of the South China Sea, home to a disputed group of small islands and reefs over which it has rejected claims of partial sovereignty from regional neighbours. The waters include two island chains - the Spratlys and Paracels - as well as a number of reefs.
The 20-year-old from Arlington, Washington made history last week by becoming the #firstfemalecompetitortomedal and picked up the first #U.S.ParalympicGames #medalinShooting since 2004. Dahl, who is competing in Mixed 10m Air Rifle Standing SH2, R5 – Mixed 10m Air Rifle Prone SH2, and Falling Target Rifle SH2, was born with amyoplasia arthrogryposis in her left hand and both of her feet, causing her muscles not to form properly, as noted by #USAShooting.org.
Still, she won the she won bronze in the R5 (Mixed 10m Air Rifle Prone SH2) event at the Centro Nacional de Tiro Esportivo in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Sept. 13, with a score of 189.5. She was the only female competitor in the final field of eight.
“It’s overwhelming!” said Dahl in a statement from #TeamUSA . “I knew about half way thought the Final that I was in contention for a medal and I was probably going to succeed in doing so. A lot of it was really just shot process and breathing, keeping everything together and doing what I needed to do.”
A #terrorsuspect being hunted over the #ManhattanandNewJerseybombings is in custody after he was injured in a #gunbattlewithpolice . Ahmad Khan Rahami, a #naturalisedUScitizenfromAfghanistan who had been described as " #armedanddangerous " by the FBI, was being sought over the attacks at the weekend.
In video footage, he was shown on a stretcher being taken into an ambulance, with a bloodied bandage on his right arm and moving his head from side to side with his eyes open. The suspect is believed to have been sleeping in the doorway of a bar when the owner reported him to #police and an officer went to investigate and recognised him as Rahami.
The man apparently #pulledoutagunandshottheofficer , who was wearing a #bullet-proofvest , in the chest and then a #shootout erupted with other officers before Rahami was captured.A second officer was injured in the hand in the gun battle in Linden, New Jersey. Both are expected to recover. Rahami, who was not on #USanti-terrorism databases, was later having surgery.
Authorities are currently not looking for anyone else over the bombings and do not believe he was part of a wider cell. But New York mayor Bill de Blasio said: "We have every reason to believe this was an act of terror."
With at least 11 million people displaced, close to half a million dead, the nation in tatters and a playground for #apocalypticdeathcults like so-called #IslamicState , you'd think that sorting out a #ceasefireinSyria would, after five years, be something of a no-brainer.
Well the death toll of over 100 from last weekend as the regime of Bashar al Assad and its Russian, Iranian and Hezbollah allies #continuedtoslaughterrebels and the innocent in Aleppo, is a sure sign that you'd be wrong in making the assumption that just because the #Syrianpeople must be exhausted by a half decade of war that the conflict will cease.
Not least because the Syrian people are enduring multiple conflicts raging about them - wars that they have no control over. Take the Assad regime. It would have fallen last year had Russia and Iran not stepped in to save it. Damascus gets air power from Russia. It gets infantry muscle from the Lebanese Shi'a militia, Hezbollah, yet more from Iraq's Hezbollah and Shi'a militia from Afghanistan or press ganged from Iran. Oh, and Iran's got its own special forces units and other volunteers battling away on Assad's behalf.
An 11-judge panel ruled Wednesday against the government in the combined cases of two men #blockedfromfirearmpossession after run-ins that resulted in #convictionsfornonseriouscrimes . The ruling came in the cases of Binderup v. the #USAttorneyGeneral and Suarez v. the U.S. Attorney General.
Binderup pleaded guilty in 1996 in Pennsylvania to a #misdemeanorcharge of corrupting a minor to which he received three years’ probation and a $300 fine rather than the maximum of five years in prison– a colloquial slap on the wrist. Suraez pleaded guilty in 1990 to #unlawfullycarryingahandgunwithoutalicense in Maryland, which could have resulted in as much as three years in prison, but instead received a 180-day suspended sentence and $500 fine.
While neither spent a day in jail, both lost their #firearmsrightsunderfederallaw that treats those convicted of state misdemeanors that can be punished by two or more years in jail as prohibited firearms possessors.
In the decades since their convictions, both men have been crime free and Suraez has even obtained a “Secret” clearance in his job as a consultant to a government defense contractor. As both want to obtain legal guns to defend themselves and their families within their homes, they filed separate suits in 2009 in the U.S. Courts for the Eastern and Middle District of Pennsylvania, respectively, seeking to restore their Second Amendment rights, which were denied.
#SwitzerlandandtheEuropeanUnion are at odds over efforts by the #EU to curb the neutral country’s treasured #gunculture and #citizensoldiertradition .
While not an EU-member, Switzerland has entered into a series of treaties over the years to adopt various laws in conjunction with the organization in order to trade freely with in the European Single Market. At the same time, the Alpine country, which has been more or less neutral since splitting from the Holy Roman Empire in 1499, has maintained a tradition of national service in their military while keeping some of the #loosestgunlawsinEurope if not the world.
With over 3,000 shooting ranges, a vibrant gun culture that #embracesmarksmanship and fires some #75millionroundsperyear in practice against a population of 8 million persons, and a #firearm manufacturing tradition that created SIG and Oerlikon Contraves, Switzerland is comfortable with guns. In fact, it is estimated there are some 600,000 firearms capable of full-auto fire in civilian hands in the nation.
But the EU is in the midst of a crack down in the aftermath of terrorist attacks in Paris, Brussels and elsewhere that has seen everything from museum pieces and replicas to black powder and airguns come under increased scrutiny. Now, as reported by Reuters, EU proposals that could see Switzerland add mandatory psychological tests and club membership requirements to gun owners has some seeing red.
“When conflicts arise, Switzerland must put its sovereignty first,” said Christoph Blocher, a businessman and vice president of the SVP, the country’s biggest political party. Another target for scrutiny from the alliance: the practice of allowing retiring soldiers to keep their SIG rifles and officers to retain their sidearms when they leave the military.
Update: #SpaceX has confirmed that there were no personnel injuries in the blast but the rocket and payload were destroyed.
According to numerous eyewitness reports, a #SpaceXFalcon9rocket just #exploded during a #testlaunchpad at #CapeCanaveral . This rocket was set to launch on Saturday, Sept. 3 on a mission to deliver #Facebook’sfirstsatellitetoorbit . This rocket was scheduled to launch the Amos-6 communication satellite, which among other functions included the capabilities for #Facebook to spot-beam broadband for Facebook’s Internet.org initiative. Facebook and France-based satellite provider Eutelsat spent $95 million for a five-year lease on the satellite’s Ka-band communication array.
“We are disappointed by the loss but remain committed to our mission of connecting people to the Internet around the world,” a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement. The local county emergency management office states there is no threat to the general public in the surrounding areas.
#IslamicState'sofficialspokesman , #AbuMuhammadalAdnani , has reportedly been killed near #Aleppo in a #USairstrike. Quoting a "military source," the #Islamistgroup's Amaq News Agency reported the #jihadi was killed "while surveying the operations to repel the military campaigns against Aleppo". A #USdefenceofficial said it carried out an #airstrike in Al Bab, Syria, targeting al Adnani but stopped short of confirming his death.
The militant was identified by the US in 2014 as a #SpeciallyDesignatedGlobalTerrorist and senior leader for #IS and a reward of up to $5m was offered for information that would lead to him. He had been one of the last remaining members alive of the original group that founded IS, along with the group's self-appointed caliph Abu Bakr al Baghdadi. As head of external operations, he was in charge of attacks overseas, an increasingly important tactic for the group as its core Iraqi and Syrian territory has been eroded by military losses.
The #USStateDepartment declared him to be "the main conduit for the dissemination of IS messages." A Syrian originally from Aleppo, al Adnani pledged allegiance to Islamic State's predecessor al Qaeda more than a decade ago. According to the Brookings Institute he was once imprisoned by US forces in Iraq.
#NorthKoreanleaderKimJongUn has had #twoofficialsexecuted by #antiaircraftgun , according to reports. #SouthKoreannewspaper JoongAng Ilbo reported that Ri Yong-Jin was a #seniorofficial at the education department and #HwangMin was the country's agricultural minister, citing a source with knowledge of North Korea.
Both were #publiclyexecuted earlier this month "on a special order from Kim Jong-Un" at a military academy in Pyongyang, the source said. Mr Ri "#dozedoffduringameeting presided over by Kim", the source said. "He was arrested on site and intensively questioned by the state security ministry. He was #executed after other charges, such as corruption, were found during the probe."
On Mr Hwang, the source said: "I understand he was executed because policy proposals he had pushed for were seen as a direct challenge to the Kim Jong-Un leadership. "Kim Jong-Un took power in the secretive country after the death of his father Kim Jong-II in 2011 and he has used purges and executions of his top officials to strengthen his power.
The reports of these executions could not be verified and South Korea's Unification Ministry - which usually handles North Korea-related matters - has not commented. North Korea rarely announces or confirms its executions and some previous media reports have later been proved incorrect.
But it did confirm the execution of Kim's uncle and the second-most powerful man in the country, Jang Song Thaek, in 2012 for factionalism and crimes damaging to the economy.
Around #500migrants have been #saved after being found #floating on a #woodenboat off the #Libyancoast . The people, mainly from Eritrea, were rescued by #Spanishhumanitariangroup #ProactivaOpenArms on Monday about 13 miles from Sabratah. The group included babies and children and some had jumped into the water before the rescue.
They were moved to rubber dinghies, then a larger #Proactivavessel before being taken to the #largerships of the #Italiancoastguard and Medecins Sans Frontieres. It is thought they will now be taken to the Italian mainland or to Sicily. The rescue comes just a day after around 1,100 migrants, mostly from Somalia, were saved from the Strait of Sicily.
That group was found on eight rubber dinghies, one large boat and two punts. Over the past year, 105,342 migrants have reached Italy by boat, most of them setting off from Libya. Many are fleeing from #violenceandpoverty and are desperate enough to risk the #sailing on dangerously small and unsuitable vessels. An estimated 2,726 people have died over the same period, according to the International Organisation for Migration.
#Turkey has launched a #militaryoperation to free a #Syriantown held by Islamic State, according to state media and military sources. As many as 20 tanks have crossed into Syria, according to reports, with Sky sources inside Syria also seeing vehicles and troops from the #TurkeybackedFreeSyrianArmy heading for Jarablus.
Media said the #Turkishforces and Turkish-backed #rebelfighters had captured four villages in northern Syria, including Kaklijeh, a village about two miles inside Syria and just west of Jarablus. Forty-six Islamic State militants have been killed so far in the operation, according to Dogan News Agency.
Turkish tanks and fighter jets - supported by US-led coalition aircraft - had been firing on IS targets across the border in the Syrian town of Jarablus since early Wednesday as part of an operation named Euphrates Shield.In retaliation, mortar rounds were fired from the IS-held Jarablus, hitting the Turkish town of Karkamis, which has been evacuated along with six other towns along the border.
Taking a cue from an appeals court decision upholding the state’s strict “may issue” #concealed carry doctrine, gun owners in the #Golden #State #filed #suit Wednesday seeking to #carry them openly again.
On Monday, the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals shot down requests from #gun #rights #groups to rehear cases in which an 11-judge panel of the court held in June that the right to carry a concealed #firearm in public is not, and never has been, protected by the #Second #Amendment.
At the heart of the matter was the right to carry a gun outside the home for personal protection, which advocates felt the court dodged when they concentrated on the concealed carry aspect alone and not carry rights overall.
As California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill that did away with open carry in 2011, the only avenue to keep and bear arms in the state since then has been to obtain a permit from the local sheriff or police chief. However, the process is easier said than done due to the state’s allowance for “may-issue” permitting using a “good-cause” requirement administered by local authorities.
#Kurdish #Peshmerga #forces #fighting #Islamic #State in #Iraq have taken control of a strategic river crossing point near the group's de facto Iraqi capital, Mosul.Backed by #airstrikes from the #US-led coalition, they have reached Kanhash, at the western side of the Gwer bridge. The bridge, which lies across the Great Zab river to the southeast of Mosul, was damaged by IS fighters two years ago as they swept through northern and western Iraq.
Repairing the bridge would allow Kurdish Peshmerga fighters and other anti-IS forces to move towards the city from a new front, as the Iraqi army also closes in on the IS stronghold from the south. "Control over Kanhash Heights give the Peshmerga strategic advantage over nearby enemy positions and the main road linking Mosul," tweeted Masrour Barzani, head of the Kurdistan Region Security Council.
The move forms part of a two-day offensive during which the Iraqi Kurdish forces have captured several positions from the terror group near its Mosul bastion, 250 miles north of the Iraqi capital Baghdad. The Kurdish military command issued a statement on Monday naming 10 villages it said its forces had reconquered, covering an area of around 58 square miles.
IS said it has been using car bombs driven and detonated by suicide fighters to try to slow advancing Kurdish forces. It was from Mosul's Grand Mosque in 2014 that IS leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi declared a "caliphate" spanning regions of Iraq and Syria.
Recapturing the city would effectively signal the defeat of IS in Iraq, according to Prime Minister Haider al Abadi, who has said he aims to retake it this year.
Britain's most #prolific #jihadi #recruiter Anjem Choudary is facing up to a #decade #behind bars after he was #found #guilty of #terror offences. The extreme cleric has been convicted of inviting support for terror group #Islamic #State in a series of lectures released on YouTube.
Security sources believe Choudary is linked to #500 #British jihadis who have fled the #UK to join the terrorist organisation in Syria and Iraq. Until now, Sky News has been unable to report his conviction after a judge imposed a reporting ban due to a linked trial of Choudary's associates from Luton, who were also accused of encouraging support for IS. The juries in the two cases were not aware that they were sitting on connected cases in the same building at the Old Bailey.Speaking exclusively to Sky News the night before his conviction, Choudary insisted he was merely exercising his right to freedom of speech.
The 49-year-old from east London said: "If you look at my speeches, I have said the same thing for 20 years. For me, it is a matter of worship. "If people are implementing the Sharia, then I cannot shy away from what the divine text says in relationship to that. "If you cannot say when you believe in something and you cannot share that view, then you don't really have freedom to express yourself in this country."
The jury took less than three days to find Choudary and his co-accused Mizanur Rahman, 32, unanimously guilty of inviting support for a terrorist organisation.
Dozens of people have been killed in #airstrikes by #Syrian and #Russian #warplanes on rebel-held areas in and around the city of Aleppo. At least 45 civilians were killed in #Aleppo and to the west of the city, and another 22 died in neighboring Idlib province, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a monitoring group.
It said the ongoing #attacks were targeting areas held by the Army of Conquest, an alliance of rebel, #Islamist and #jihadist forces that has mounted a major offensive to seize Aleppo. "The intensification of the strikes in Idlib is due to the fact that this province is the main source of fighters for the Army of Conquest," said Rami Abdel Rahman, who heads the group.
A correspondent for the AFP news agency, who is in rebel-held eastern Aleppo, said the strikes were especially intense around the southern district of Ramussa.
Rebel fighters seized control there earlier this month in what was seen as a major setback for forces loyal to President Bashar al Assad. Nine other civilians were killed on Saturday in rebel shelling of western Aleppo, which is controlled by the Syrian government, the Observatory said.
The USA’s #Kimberly #Rhode was in typically majestic form in the women’s #skeet #competition at London 2012, winning #gold with a joint world-record score of 99 out of 100. It was the third time the 33-year-old had topped the #Olympic podium, sixteen years after winning her first #shooting gold at Atlanta 1996.
Born in Whithier, California, Rhode discovered her passion for shooting as a young girl, on family safaris to Africa. Specialising in double trap, she won her first world title at the age of only 13 and had barely turned 17 when she became the youngest ever gold-medallist in her sport, dominating the qualification round and the final at Atlanta 1996 with respective scores of 108 and 141 points.
After winning bronze behind Sweden’s Pia Hansen and Italy’s Deborah Gelisio at Sydney 2000, Rhode become the last ever women’s Olympic double trap champion at Athens 2004, beating the Republic of Korea’s Lee Bona to the gold medal by a solitary point. The event was then dropped from the Olympic programme and replaced by skeet. Reflecting on the enforced change, the American commented: “Switching events was one of the more challenging things in my career. I was competing against people who had been doing it 20 or 30 years.”
Abu Duaa al-Ansari, who the country identifies as the forerunner of a group calling itself Sinai Province, died after the #attack near Arish, along with 45 other #Islamist fighters. In 2014, an #Egyptian #militant group called Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis (ABM) pledged allegiance to #Islamic #State and changed its name to Sinai Province.
The country's army said al Ansari was behind scores of deadly attacks on security forces and the suspected downing of a Russian passenger jet in 2015. The #Egyptian #military announced the news on its Facebook page, declaring: "This successful operation confirms the pledges of the armed forces to avenge their martyrs and ... pursue all the terrorist elements and leaders wherever they are found until Egypt and its great people enjoy security and stability."
Egypt's army has been engaged in military operations against Islamist insurgents in Northern Sinai for several years, but attacks against them have intensified since the removal of former president Mohamed Morsi in August 2013.
Hundreds of soldiers and policemen have been killed by an insurgency since mid-2013, when then-army chief Abdel Fattah al Sisi ousted Mr Morsi following mass protests.
Under a new #law that takes effect Monday, public and #private #colleges and #universities across the #Lone #Star State could see #lawful #concealed #carry on #campus begin on the anniversary of a tragic school shooting.
Signed into law by Republican Gov. Greg Abbott last year, public post-secondary schools in Texas were required to allow at least some lawful carry on campus while granting university presidents the ability to carve out areas that will remain gun free zones. In response, schools such as Texas A&M, the University of Texas and Texas State have opted to implement new guidelines after much debate and public discourse that include, among others, restrictions on carry in student housing.
As noted by the Texas Tribune, 37 of the state’s 38 private colleges and universities have opted under the law to remain gun free zones with only non-profit Amberton University electing to allow legally concealed handguns.
Groups opposed to the practice, including Gun Free UT and the Texas chapter of Mom’s Demand Action, who were very vocal in the past several months on the issue, have been uncharacteristically silent in the past week.
Fairfax, VA -(AmmoLand.com)- If you’ve been watching the #Republican #National #Convention, you’ve probably seen the #NRA’s Freedom’s Safest Place commercials.
They’re #powerful, #honest #defenses of #freedom that are making a real #impact and #inspiring millions of Americans. If you are among them, or if you support our Second Amendment rights, you can help the NRA keep these commercials on national television during this crucial time by donating to NRA Speaks For Me. The campaign asks Second Amendment supporters to back the NRA in its fight