Category: Guns


Haslam’s ‘Policy Maneuver’ Kills Tennessee’s Open-Carry Bill

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Last week the Tennessee Senate passed SB2424 by a landslide vote of 25-2 last week. The bill would allow Tennesseans to openly carry handguns without a state-issued permit.

  It’s reported the governor’s administration attached what was called a “$100,000 anchor” to the pending open-carry bill that’s stalled the legislation.

  The reason for the cost would cover the state’s vendor to modify the design of the handgun permit cards. They would remove the open-carry language from the layout of the card. State permits currently allows Tennesseans to either carry openly or concealed. It’s reported the state has already pretty much finalized it’s budget and ”shoehorning the extra expenditure into its ledger is unlikely.

  Haslam’s move goes against the apparent stance he took while campaigning for governor in 2010. Knoxnews.com reports:

“ The final days of that campaign were dominated by the furor created by candidate Haslam after he told the Tennessee Firearms Association that he would sign legislation into law to eliminate Tennessee’s requirements for carrying handguns in public.”

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Knife-Wielding Robber Chased Off By Armed Resident

 

 

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” Police said a knife-wielding robber was outgunned when he tried to rob homeowners on Monday.

  The 92-year-old World War II veteran and his 89-year-old wife were more than a handful for the alleged attacker.

  Investigators said Robert Kelly Jr. talked his way into a home in the 8800 block of Monsanto Drive, where he had previously done odd jobs.

  Ruby Mathis and Hugh Mathis said they thought they were helping someone who lives right in their neighborhood but it almost backfired.

“ He stuck the knife out there and said ‘Give me your money,’ and I said ‘You go to hell!’” Hugh Mathis said.

“ They were talking real low, and I came in to see what it was and when I did he was standing in front of Hugh with a knife saying, ‘Give me the money out of your pocket,’ so when I heard that I ran to the bedroom and got the gun,” Ruby Mathis said.”

 

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Target Shooting In America

 

 

 

Millions Of Shooters , Billions Of Dollars

 

 

 

    This report by the National Shooting Sports Foundation provides fascinating reading . The number of shooters as well as the money and time spent at the range boggles the mind and should give pause to those who think that gun enthusiasts are a group to be ignored and trampled upon .

 

 

 

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” Whether it’s religiously practiced at a range or shooting club each week or participated as an occasional weekend activity in the countryside with friends, millions of Americans go target shooting each year. In fact, more Americans target shoot each year than the number of people who live in the entire state of Florida or New York. Target shooters may be having fun afield with each shot at a clay pigeon or paper target, but with each outing, they are also part of an economic force at work. In fact, their activities generate $9.9 billion in spending each year through the purchase of shooting-specific products and services and create hundreds of thousands of jobs directly associated with the sale and manufacture of those goods and the provision of those services. As such, target shooting provides fun and enjoyment for millions of Americans, but ultimately benefits millions more through its positive economic impact.”

 

 

 

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Target Shooters

 

 

 

” Target shooting comes in many forms. Participants shoot to test their skills and prepare for competition, hone their defensive abilities, test their marksmanship with new loads and optics or to simply have fun!Just like owning multiple tools to perform different jobs, many target shooters own more than one firearm, each with a particular use or purpose. With 65 percent of all target shooters, rifles are the most often used firearm. Handguns follow closely behind. Shotguns are used by 48 percent of all participants with muzzleloaders used by 18 percent of the shooting public. Although more target shooters use rifles, handgun users actually spend more days shooting, in part due to greater availability of indoor ranges in urban areas where more people live. Participation in target shooting by state roughly parallels each state’s population. Even in largely urban areas, people are keen to try their hand with firearms. Despite restrictions that can make target shooting activities difficult to enjoy, target shooting remains extremely popular and continues to grow everywhere.”

 

 

    Target shooting generates incredible amounts of revenue for businesses both firearm related and others as well as creating hundreds of thousands of jobs .

 

 

Target Shooting Expenditures

 

Read the whole report , download the PDF and be sure to share it with your friends and fellow shooters .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Read This Feature By Bob Owens FromTown Hall

 

Register Nothing

 

 

” In the April issue of Townhall Magazine, Bearing Arms editor Bob Owens asks what would happen if a liberal government passed a new gun law but nobody obeyed it?

  Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy (D) signed what the Hartford Courant called “the toughest assault weapons legislation in the nation” last year. It required owners of semi-automatic firearms to register all firearms designated as “assault weapons” with the state government, along with any “high capacity” magazines they may own, by December 31, 2013.

  The Malloy regime expected Connecticut residents to register somewhere between 372,000-400,000 firearms, and roughly 2 million firearm magazines that held more than 10 rounds before January 1.

What they got instead was defiance. “

 

 

 

     And as Bob points out , the results in New York , while not quite finalized , are likely to be even more dismal for the Statists in Albany .

 

 

 

” A nearly identical problem is brewing next door in the much larger, more populous state of New York, thanks to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s hastily-passed NY SAFE Act. That law demands that New Yorkers register their semi-automatic “assault rifles” with the government by April 15.

  While Connecticut is thought to have something less than 400,000 firearms classified as “assault weapons” under their law, New York is thought to have as many as 1 million firearms meeting New York’s revised criteria.

  Cuomo faces an even bigger registration problem in New York than Malloy did in Connecticut because many of New York’s sheriffs are in near open revolt against the SAFE Act, and have stated publicly that they will not enforce it. While they have been less publicly vocal, New York State Troopers have quietly indicated that they, too, will do as little as possible to enforce the law.”

 

 

Read Mr Owens’ entire piece here .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March The Second Biggest Month For NICS Background Checks

 

 

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” March was the third biggest month for firearm background check numbers in the National Instant Criminal Background Check systems history, according to numbers release by the FBI. That number changes when data is adjusted, Guns.com reports.

  According to the data, across the country 2,488,842 total background checks were performed  in March 2014, which is up by about 200,000 from one year ago and by about 400,000 from February.

  Additionally, March 2014 had three of the 10 highest number of checks in a single day, and the first two weeks of the month ranked in the top 10 for highest weeks for gun background checks. “

However, if the raw number is adjusted by subtracting out NICS purpose code permit checks used by several states such as Connecticut, Illinois and Utah for CCW permit application checks as well as checks on active CCW permit databases, it actually becomes the second highest March in NICS history, according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the industry’s lobby. […] “

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Kalamazoo County Sergeant, Who Had Machine Gun In Locker, Handed $250 Fine At Sentencing

 

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” A former Kalamazoo County sheriff’s sergeant, who was indicted last year on weapons charges, has been sentenced to pay a $250 fine on a misdemeanor charge in the case.

  Matthew E. Emmert, 54 , reached a plea agreement in January in which he pleaded guilty to one count of willful failure to supply information. As a part of the plea deal, the indictment against Emmert was dismissed and he avoided trial on felony charges of possession of an unregistered machine gun and possession of a machine gun.

  Emmert was sentenced in front of Magistrate Judge Hugh Brenneman Jr. in U.S. District Court in Grand Rapids Monday. Emmert didn’t receive incarceration or probation in the case. The court received several letters of support for Emmert, including his former co-workers at the sheriff’s office, court documents show.   The July indictment of Emmert stemmed from a machine gun – a STEN-type, 9 mmm Luger caliber firearm – that was found Dec. 3, 2012 when sheriff’s office personnel cleaned out Emmert’s locker following his retirement.

 

 

     This “officer” was already retiring under a cloud of suspicion as he was accused of videotaping a fellow deputy breastfeeding . The county paid off the woman and the DA refused to press charges against Emmert and now he gets a slap on the wrist for a crime that you or I would do ten years for .

 

 

” Emmert’s retirement came amid allegations that the 34-year veteran of the sheriff’s office used a camera to record a deputy who was using his office as a private area to pump breast milk for her newborn.

  In March 2013, the AG’s office declined to authorize charges against Emmertand a few days later the county agreed to pay more than $200,000 to the deputy who was recorded in Emmert’s office, as part of an out-of-court settlement.”

 

 

 

Read more on the special treatment accorded our “betters” .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vermont: Gun Confiscation Provisions Tucked Inside Bill On Government Fees

” Buried inside a bill that would adjust fees for lottery ticket sales, returned checks and the use of the “Market Vermont” logo, is a budding requirement for police to confiscate, store for a fee and sell privately owned guns.

  The legislation, among its many regulatory tenets, would establish a framework for law enforcement to seize and store guns from those who are the subject of a restraining order.

“ We’re talking about folks who have been abusive to their partner or spouse, usually wife,” Gov. Peter Shumlin said at a news conference in Barre last week.

  Ostensibly designed to adjust certain judicial and executive fees inside the Vermont government, just six pages of the 31-page bill, H.735, deal with firearms. It is this section, however, that is drawing the most attention.”

   Guns.com has more on this latest sneaky effort by pols to confiscate guns . It’s a good thing women never make any false accusations against spurned lovers , or there might be people men persecuted by the State on heresay “evidence”. 

   While we realize that this bill does not explicitly push confiscation it does place an undue financial burden on citizens that have not been convicted of any offense merely on the suspicion that they might be used in a crime .

   We certainly do not wish any harm on women or any other domestic partners but if the State feels the need to take an individual’s guns without prior conviction then the State should be obligated to foot the bill for the safe storage of confiscated arms until it has attained a conviction .

    For an innocent man to have his guns taken by the State solely on the word of a disgruntled lover and be sent a bill for such storage even if found nit guilty at the end of the day is a penalty without a crime and and affront to due process .

Cops: Winter Haven Homeowner Fatally Shot Intruder

 

Winter Park Home Invader Killed

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” A Winter Haven homeowner shot and killed an intruder who broke into his family’s home Monday morning, police said.

  Homeowner Luis A. Pena, 54, first fired a warning shot to deter the burglar, but the man continued to work his way through the back door of the home on Lake Marianna Drive.

  The intruder — identified as 40-year-old Mitchell G. Large — charged at Pena, who shot the man in the torso at least once, police said.

  Pena’s family also armed themselves with guns to ward off the intruder, police said.”

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Gun Rights Group Protests San Antonio Law

 

 

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” Dozens of armed San Antonians gathered outside the San Antonio Police Department’s west substation Sunday to protest the treatment of one of their members by officers and to take aim at a controversial city law.

  On March 31, Henry Vichique was walking home with his loaded rifle slung over his shoulder. Someone called 911 and when police arrived they asked the 19-year-old to put his weapon down. Vichique did not comply with the order and officers used a Taser to subdue him.

“ I kept (the rifle) on me. I did not want to make any attempt to look like I may be aggressive because they could have shot me on site,” Vichique said. “I just told them I was within my rights. I didn’t argue with them.”

 

 

    This is a continuation of Mr Vichique’s story and brings to light a widespread problem that is being addressed in some states like Kansas and needs to be dealt with nationwide . 

 

   For readers unfamiliar with Mr Vichique’s run-in with the San Antonio PD we invite you to view our post from last week and view the video of the arrest made by Mr Vichiques which is posted below …

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Kansas Lawmakers OK Bill To Void Local Gun Rules

 

 

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” Kansas legislators gave final approval Saturday to a bill that would nullify city and county gun restrictions and ensure that it’s legal across the state to openly carry firearms, a measure the National Rifle Association sees as a nationwide model for stripping local officials of their gun-regulating power.

  The House approved the legislation, 102-19, a day after the Senate passed it, 37-2. The measure goes next to Republican Gov. Sam Brownback. He hasn’t said whether he’ll sign it, but he’s a strong supporter of gun rights and has signed other measures backed by the NRA and the Kansas State Rifle Association.

  Kansas law doesn’t expressly forbid the open carrying of firearms, and the attorney general’s office has in the past told local officials that some restrictions are allowed. The Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kan., has prohibited the practice, but the bill would sweep any such ban away, except to allow cities and counties to prevent openly carried weapons inside public buildings.”

 

 

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Some Videos From The Web From CCDL Rally @Hartford Statehouse Saturday April 5th

 

   We are still trying to process our large collection of photos from the pro-gun rally in Hartford this weekend . WordPress does not seem to like our high resolution photos very much as it takes in excess of twenty minutes to upload a single photo . We are thinking that perhaps we should host the pictures elsewhere and just post a link to them . Does anyone have any helpful hints to offer ? Should we use Imgur , Instagram , photobucket ? 

   Any advice would be very welcome as up to this point we have not tried to post many of our own original photos at one time . We are open to all suggestions as we have a couple hundred photos from the event and while many are similar we would prefer to post them all and let our readers decide which to view . 

   Another question for the masses: We are starting to photoshop and desire to label our original photos with a YouViewed tag . Up til now we have put text on each photo individually and this is very time consuming . Does anyone know if we can save our “YouViewed.com” layer in Photoshop and simply add it to each photo instead of having to type it out and arrange the type size and location on each photo ?

 

 

 

Gun Rights Rally Hartford Connecticut 4 5 2014

 

 

 

2014 CCDL Hartford 2nd Amendment Gun Rally

 

Hartford Gun Rights Rally April 5, 2014

 

2014 CCDL Gun Rights Rally in Hartford Connecticut

 

CT Gun Rights Fight (Update)

 

    We hope these videos will keep your interest as we try to put together our collection of photos of the event . Again , if anyone has some tips for us to deal with our large collection of pics please leave a comment . Thanks , hope to have more for you all soon . 

 

 

 

Gun Control Fail: New York’s ‘Assault Weapon’ Registration Is Loudly Miss-Firing As Deadline Nears

 

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”  April 15th, any New Yorker that owns an “assault weapon” is to have registered their gun, per the requirements of the New York SAFE act passed last year. But it’s looking more and more like a tiny percentage of New Yorkers are actually doing it.

  While the state of New York has not released actual firearms registration numbers, the rumors of registrations in the 3,000-5,000 range mean that 99% of those affected gun owners are refusing to comply with the law.

  Furthermore, gun manufacturers are already responding to the law by designing guns that carefully circumvent its specific requirements.”

 

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National Association For Gun Rights Is Giving Away Two Tavor SAR’s

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” NAGR is giving away TWO brand new Tavor SAR .223 equipped with an Aimpoint H1 sight and Timney trigger assembly [Valued at $2,600 Each]!

  Yet another gun Obama and his gun-grabbers want to take away. But you cannot be ONE of TWO grand prize winners unless you sign up below.

  All entries must be submitted by 5 PM EST on Wednesday, April 30th, 2014. The winner will be announced via email the following day.”

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Patriot beats Gun Grabbers Ass Hartford Connecticut

 

 

 

Published on Apr 5, 2014

” Drone quietly spies on Gun owners at Connecticut pro 2nd amendment rally Saturday April 5.

  Connecticut citizens and many Gun Right advocates from nearby states such as Massachusetts, Rhode Island, NY, NH and NJ stood shoulder to shoulder in support of the second amendment of the United States yesterday on the steps of the Connecticut state capitol building on April 5, 2014. Chants of freedom and disgust with certain CT law makers for using the SandyHook tragedy as a tool of tyranny to rush threw unconstitutional laws making certain firearms and magazines a federal offense in the state. “We The People” will not relinquish are 2nd amendment rights. As free citizens of this country, to defend ourselves and are families against any criminal elements with the firearms we do choose . When you try to use tragedy to empose tyrannical laws you end up with the year 1775. Let’s not let these so called “progressives” take us back in time before The Constitution state had a Constitution and a second amendment that protects all the other amendments. Stand with Connecticut gun owners Americia!!! “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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    The Hartford Statehouse April 5, 2014

     

     

     

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       Since we are still traveling I’ve had no time to assemble any kind of story on the rally yesterday but thought that our readers would like to see a few now , before the story is forgotten . 

     

     

     

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        Here we present a few random shots of the crowd , speakers , signs etc . with the hopes of creating a coherent storyline when we return home . Enjoy these snaps for what they are .

     

     

     

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    Here are two videos (raw & unedited) that you can find on our Youtube channel 

     

     

    David Codrea the keynote speaker

     

     

     

    A view from the high ground , well a tree really as the high ground was occupied by the speakers

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    New York State Gun Owners Expect Few To Register Under New Law

     

     

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    ” Many New York gun owners expect the April 15 deadline to register assault weapons under the state’s strict new law to be largely ignored. 

    “ People are pretty much convinced once they get on this registration, the next time they’ll say they’ve got to turn them in,” said Stephen Aldstadt, president of the Shooters Committee on Political Education, who helped organize a protest at the Capitol this past week against the law.

      The state’s SAFE Act, spearheaded by Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo and passed in the wake of the 2012 school shooting in neighboring Connecticut, bans New York sales of semi-automatic weapons with detachable magazines and one military-style feature.

      For an estimated 1 million older guns already owned by New Yorkers, including popular AR-15s, the law requires registration. State police have established simple online registrations but refuse to say how many they’ve received. Cuomo, when asked, said he didn’t know.

      Critics say that’s because hardly anyone is signing up. Aldstadt said his group, which counts more than 300,000 members statewide, isn’t telling people to disobey the law. But some owners have said they won’t do it, while others are removing features, such as pistol grips, from their semi-automatics so they won’t meet the state’s definition of an assault weapon. 

    “ I refuse to comply,” said Jeff Tutuska, a graphic artist from West Seneca who was among a few thousand at the Capitol protest. He held a sign saying: “I’d rather have it & not need it than need it & not have it.”

      Reuben Tompkins, 59, of Greenville, said he didn’t know of anyone who planned to register a gun under the new law. “I hope nobody does,” he said. “

     

     

     

    We’ll let an American of considerably great stature than Andy Cuomo have the last word :

     

     

     “If a law is unjust, a man is not only right to disobey it, he is obligated to do so.”

     

     

     

     

        So as you can see , we are only doing our civic duty as told by none other than the third president of the US , Thomas Jefferson.

    Read on and take heart … you are not alone.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Gun Drama At The Palace Queen’s Guard Points Bayonet At ‘Intruder’

     

     

    Palace Guard Bayonet Intruder

     

     

     

    ” The ceremonial soldier, with bayonet fixed, broke royal protocol by dashing 50 yards to intervene.

      The suspect had screamed at cops for five minutes and walked towards the Palace gates.

      Warehouse supervisor Gareth Scanlan, of Rugby, Warwicks, who was at the scene, told The Sun on Sunday: “He was trying to get closer or inside.

    “ There was a lot of shouting before the guard went in with his bayonet — it was shocking.

      Sightseer Gareth, 32, added: “The man said, ‘Oh, you’re a big boy now,’ and the guard — who I think was Scottish judging by his accent — said, ‘Yes, I am a big boy.

    “ Then the guard actually pushed the guy away.”

      Police ushered the man away and gave him “words of advice”. No arrests were made.”

     

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    Raw video of David Codrea’s Address

    Still on the road but the curious among our readers are invited to view a few pictures of the rally at Hartford statehouse at our Twitter feed

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        Posting will be light this afternoon folks as we are off to support the Second Amendment in Hartford today and will hopefully be able to offer our readers some original video , commentary , pictures and perhaps interviews from the Connecticut statehouse . We hope that any of our readers that are in the Connecticut area make an effort to attend as well . See our sticky post at the top of the page for details , directions and parking info … Molon Labe !

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    Legalize Concealed Carry For Soldiers On Military Installations

     

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    ” Our hearts are saddened to learn of yet another shooting on a military installation in the United States. Yet again, service members who train regularly to responsibly handle firearms were murdered on base and were unable to defend themselves.

      Concealed carry policies provide not only an appropriate means for self defense against violence, but also a proven deterrent. Our military installations have become “soft” targets for those who would harm our military members. Lawful, concealed carry by responsible service members could have prevented or lessened the severity of these incidents.

      The DoD should set forth CCW regulations permitting service members in good standing who have received firearms training to carry concealed firearms on DoD installations.”

     

         As ridiculous as this sounds it is for real . Military installations are among our most vulnerable facilities in the country whereas they should be quite the opposite . Sign here .

     

     

     

     

     

     

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