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Open-Carry Groups:Stop Carry Of Long Arms Into Businesses

communityFollowing public backlash after open-carry activists brought long arms into popular restaurants, information pills four open-carry groups issued a directive to their members Wednesday asking them to halt the practice.

This follows a notable incident in a Texas Jack In The Box,  and another at a Chipotlerestaurant, in which gun-rights supporters legally carried rifles and shotguns into the establishments to exercise their Second Amendment rights, but drew fire from gun control groups and social commentators.

“Looking back, it has become clear that there is one area in which we have gotten the most resistance and suffered the largest setbacks: open carry of long arms into private businesses,” read a lettersigned by the directors of Come and Take It Texas, Texas Carry, Gun Rights Across America and Open Carry Texas to their membership that was made public May 21.

The letter continued, “This resulted in places like Smashburger asking us to leave our guns at home. Since then, Starbucks, Wendy’s, Jack In The Box, Applebee’s and most recently, Chipotle have come out asking we not carry our firearms into their establishments.”-[source]

Brady Center Sues Gander Mountain Over 2010 Straw Buyer

politicsOn Tuesday, ambulance the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence filed suit against Gander Mountain contending the company acted negligently in selling guns to a straw buyer that were later used to ambush a team of New York volunteer firefighters.

Dawn Nguyen at a Gander Mountain store in Henrietta, there New York, bought the firearms in question, a .223-caliber rifle, and a 12-gauge shotgun, in 2010 on behalf of her neighbor, William Spengler Jr. The two entered the store together and Nguyen paid cash, given to her by her neighbor, for the guns.

Spengler, a convicted felon barred from owning firearms, subsequently used the rifle in a Dec. 24, 2012 attack on four firefighters who were responding to a house fire he created as a trap. Two of the volunteers later died.

Nguyen, now 25, was convicted last month of felony charges that include falsifying a business record and giving the guns to a convicted felon.-[source]

No. Korea Criticizes U.S. For Insufficiently Oppressive Gun Laws

weaponsAmericans are accustomed to snide criticism from abroad of America’s gun culture. In many cases, gun rights advocates in this country should be glad of such criticism, coming as it does from places where the governments and their lapdog media can best honor us only with their vitriolic condemnation. It is praise from such creatures that would be reason for shame.

So when paragons of human rights like China  and Iran join with domestic gun ban zealots in denouncing Americans and our gun culture, we should take pride in the fact that we the people have not allowed our government to disarm us to a degree that would satisfy such enemies of liberty. But even the contempt and loathing of China and Iran is not as great an honor as a hit piece in North Korea’s state-run “news” agency, decrying the “malignant tumor” of “gun-related crimes” in the U.S. As covered in the Washington Post:

But it left its biggest criticism for a report released Wednesday titled “U.S. Plagued with Serious Gun-related Crimes.” ”Gun-related crimes are like a malignant tumor hard to cure as they are rampant in the society as a trend,” the report says. “Due to ceaseless gun-related crimes, people are exposed to constant threat to their safety. They are not free from uneasiness and horror.”

The article itself should probably be given a bit of benefit of the doubt–presumably it’s a bit more literate in the original Korean.

With that in mind, what is North Korea’s explanation of the cause of these “gun-related crimes”?

The U.S. is plagued with all social evils and awash with guns. So, gun-related crimes take place frequently regardless of time, place and age.

Actually, the writers apparently like the “awash with guns” phrase so much that it comes up a second time:

As society is awash with guns, even children brandish guns, causing a series of gun-related crimes.

Hmm . . . “awash with guns.” Where have we heard that before? Oh, yeah–that other paragon of human rights who would like to American citizens disarmed, Al Qaeda:

America is absolutely awash with easily obtainable firearms. You can go down to a gun show at the local convention center and come away with a fully automatic assault rifle, without a background check, and most likely without having to show an identification card.-[source]

Homeowner Arrested After Firing Warning Blast With Shotgun

dorkalert“Slow Joe” Biden’s advice to firing a warning shot to scare off intruders had landed a Battle Ground, check Washington man in the Clark County Jail, charged with assault:

A Battle Ground man was arrested after he allegedly fired a gun early Sunday morning to scare off teens who were in his home.

The homeowner, Billy Franklin Bicknell, 67, said he fired off a shotgun after hearing what he thought was an intruder in his house, at 17414 N.E. 280th St. in Battle Ground, according to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office. Bicknell said he fired the gun in an attempt to scare away a teen who was leaving his house through a window, deputies said.

They said when they responded to the call at about 1 a.m., they discovered that Bicknell’s 15-year-old granddaughter, who lives with him, had invited several teenagers to the home before the incident. Upon hearing Bicknell approach, the teens began jumping out of the home’s second-story window.

The key detail that differentiates this shooting from a similar incident in Texas is that in this instance, the boys were attempting to flee through the window when Bicknell fired the shot, “as a warning.” Warning shots are almost never legally justifiable. You’re either able to justify a center mass shot to stop a lethal force threat, or you aren’t justified in firing at all, something that our dim-witted Vice President doesn’t seem to be able to grasp.

Never fire a warning shot. Ever.-[source]

Family Of Dead Armed Robber Calls For Stricter Gun Laws

whoopassThe family of an armed robber is speaking out after surveillance video was released of their family member committing an armed robbery.

On the video Dante Williams is clearly seen entering a South Carolina Waffle House, this web pointing a gun at employees and customers and attempting to rob the restaurant.

Justin Harrison was eating at the bar. Harrison, page a concealed carry permit holder, was armed. He waited for an opportunity, shot Williams, and attempted to detain the second suspect.

The family of Williams says that Harrison didn’t need to shoot and shouldn’t have felt threatened. They want to change South Carolina’s carry permit laws to require more training in order to get a permit. Many gun rights activists consider time consuming and costly training requirements to be a burden on their Second Amendment rights.-[source]

Utah Lawmaker Moves To Disarm BLM & IRS

usaRep. Chris Stewart of Utah, concerned about the armed agents that surrounded Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy’s property, is mulling a measure to cut funding for any “paramilitary units” that work for the Bureau of Land Management, the Internal Revenue Service and other federal regulatory agencies.

“There are lots of people who are really concerned when the BLM shows up with its own SWAT team,” he said, the Salt Lake Tribune reported. “They’re regulatory agencies. They’re not paramilitary units, and I think that concerns a lot of us.”

His mulled amendment to an appropriations bill comes in context of recent BLM actions against Mr. Bundy: The federal agents armed themselves and surrounded his property, tasered his son, closed down road access to the ranch and even shot a couple of his prize bulls. The reasons? Mr. Bundy hadn’t paid his grazing fees to the federal government, but rather fought the matter in court.

Militia from all over the nation came to the ranch to support Mr. Bundy in his standoff with the BLM — and for that, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid labeled them “domestic terrorists,” various media reported.-[source]

Arizona Could Penalize Cities For Gun Laws

rkbaThe state of Arizona could impose fines on cities and towns that enforce gun ordinances stricter than the state’s own laws.

House Bill 2517, sponsored by Rep. Steve Smith, would impose a civil penalty of up to $5,000 on city and town governments that violate the statute. Smith said he wants the state “to have some teeth” in enforcing the law.

The bill, approved by a House committee, could reignite a battle between municipalities and Arizona. Last year, Republicans passed a law forcing cities to sell, not destroy, guns from buyback programs. Democrats complained that the state objects when the federal government imposes laws on Arizona, but then it does the same to municipalities.

The League of Arizona Cities and Towns opposes the bill. Opponents contend it violates municipal sovereignty.-[source]

Police Fatally Shoot Man Swinging Samurai Sword


whoopassIt was a strange turn of events took place in downtown Phoenix: A sword wielding suspect swung his weapon towards several officers, forcing them to shoot and kill him.

This happened near 19th Avenue and McDowell not far from the Arizona State Fairgrounds Tuesday morning.

Police tape stretched across Culver Street — evidence, including the sheath of a Samurai sword lay on the ground — the very weapon Phoenix Police say a suspect used to attack three officers.

“We have people that point weapons at us.  We have individuals who have knives, who use other weapons.. actual Samurai sword of this type is unusual,” said Sgt. Steve Martos.

An officer patrolling the area around 5:30 a.m. spotted a car with the suspect inside with the hood up — the license plate, according to police, was registered to another vehicle.

The officer called for back up and once the suspect was taken out of the vehicle, he produced a sword and started swinging.  All three officers fired — killing the man.

“Why would you do anything towards an officer?” said Cory Voss, a business owner.

19th Avenue from Interstate 10 to McDowell was closed to traffic as a result of the shooting.

Employees of a business located right where this all went down were unable to get to work and waited at a local diner.  Everyone was shocked by the suspect’s alleged actions.

According to police, all three officers deployed Tasers, using every means possible to stop the suspect before shooting him.

“They functioned correctly.  In fact, they are still attached to the suspect, however, they were ineffective on this individual,” said Martos.

Investigators found the sword several feet away in a gravel area and searched the car for any information that could help them figure out why this happened.

As for the suspect’s identity, Martos stated, “This individual is not known to be involved in any other crimes, however the investigation is still ongoing.  His identity is not yet known and family has not been located.”

None of the officers were hurt during the confrontation.-[source]

Smith&Wesson To Halt California Sales Over Microstamping

weaponsSmith & Wesson announced late Wednesday that they will no longer market new semi-automatic pistols in California due to the state’s microstamping law.

California currently requires that all handguns sold in the state be approved to meet all current laws and added to a roster. Once approved, the manufacturer has to pay $200 per model, per year to remain on the list. However, if the laws change, such as the state’s recent implementation of microstamping, the guns on the list would have to be reexamined.

There are currently 1,152 approved models in the state’s database. In an alert sent out by the Calguns foundation last week, this is expected to nosedive dramatically in the coming years.

In a statement released from Smith yesterday, “Smith & Wesson does not and will not include microstamping in its firearms. A number of studies have indicated that microstamping is unreliable, serves no safety purpose, is cost prohibitive and, most importantly, is not proven to aid in preventing or solving crimes.

“The microstamping mandate and the company’s unwillingness to adopt this so-called technology will result in a diminishing number of Smith & Wesson semi-automatic pistols available for purchase by California residents,” it continued.

The company maintains that it will continue to submit revolver designs to the state’s roster for approval as microstamping does not currently apply to revolvers.-[source]

AZ Man May Face Charges For Firing At Shoplifters

whoopassA citizen accused of shooting at two shoplifting suspects at a Glendale mall could be facing charges.

Glendale police say they’ve submitted a felony charge of unlawful discharge of a firearm to the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office for review against 61-year-old Mervin Brewer.

The ex-Marine was waiting for his wife in the Sears parking lot of Arrowhead Towne Center last Friday.

Brewer saw a woman pull a gun on a loss-prevention officer although authorities say the gun turned out to be a toy.

Police say Brewer fired his gun four times.

Brewer says he shot at the suspects to protect himself, the loss-prevention officer and his wife.

No injuries were reported and the husband and wife who are the shoplifting suspects were later arrested. They’ve been charged with several felonies.-[source]