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We Are Losing Congress Unless Gun Owners Become Gun Activists

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H/T AmmoLand.

Gun owners must help replace every DemocRat that is up for reelection regardless of their support for the Second Amendment.

There must never be a Chuck Schumer as Senate Majority leader or a Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House.

 

Buckeye, AZ –-(Ammoland.com)- I hate being forced to break the gun rights battle down on party lines. All Republicans aren’t supporters of the Constitution and the right to arms, nor are all Democrats enemies of our rights, but the fact is, Republicans, as a party, have embraced the idea of God-given rights that include the fundamental natural right of self-defense, and Democrats, as a party, have embraced a view of rights that are granted by an expanding State, where protection is left to police, or for those so entitled, armed security details.

Even if an individual politician stands with gun owners, if the politician’s party doesn’t, then having that politician in office can be damaging to rights. Even if they have the integrity to defy their party leadership on gun votes, every additional Democrat in Congress puts Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi that much closer to being Majority Leader and Speaker.

Picture this: Chuck Schumer (D-NY) as Senate Majority Leader with Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) as Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. How do you think that would play out for your rights?

In the House the scenario is just as dire with Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) as Speaker, and Jerry Nadler (D-NY) and Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) leading an anti-rights, rogues gallery in the House Judiciary Committee.

At a minimum, having a Democrat majority in either House guarantees an absolute halt on any forward momentum on human rights issues.

The House runs under “simple majority” rules, meaning that not only would Pelosi control the agenda and what comes to the floor, but as long as she can wrangle one vote more than Republicans do, she can pass legislation. A Democrat majority in the Senate would mean that Chuck Schumer could – and undoubtedly would – put an immediate stop to all of President Trump’s judicial appointments, especially any appointment to the Supreme Court.

And while Schumer and his Democrats have used long-standing filibuster rules to effectively block almost everything Republicans have tried to pass through the Senate over the past year, they have also demonstrated a willingness to throw those rules out the window if it suits their objectives – as they did with the so-called “nuclear option” doing away with the filibuster for judicial appointments. So there is nothing but tradition standing between Chuck Schumer and simple majority rule in the Senate. And Schumer and company have made it clear that tradition is of little importance to them.

Right now, many Americans are frustrated with Congress for their failure to get things done. Most of that frustration is falling on Republicans who campaigned on promises to repeal Obamacare, close the borders, reform immigration, and reduce taxes and regulations, along with promises to restore gun rights. Most of those objectives have been effectively blocked by Senate Democrats – with collusion from some Republicans – but Republicans have failed to make a strong, visible effort, and they’ve failed to clearly pin the obstructionism on the Democrats. Rather than push the legislation that they promised to their constituents, and forcing the Democrats to actively fight it, Republicans have tended to look at vote counts and conclude that they can’t win, so they don’t even try.

The legislative result might be the same, but the perception of the public is that Republicans aren’t doing what they promised.

Republicans should have a huge advantage in the Senate elections, because there are many more Democrat-held seats up this cycle than Republican-held seats, and many of those seats are in states where Trump won majorities. I examined that more closely a few weeks ago in this article. But with the resignations of several Senate Republicans like Jeff Flake of Arizona and Steve Corker of Tennessee, the advantage is waning. And while most Republicans are not lamenting the departure of these senators, they will certainly lament the resulting imbalance if Democrats win a majority.

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On the House side, Republicans are in a more precarious position as many have announced that they will not be seeking reelection. Many of these retiring representatives happen to come from districts that Hillary Clinton won last year, so there is much speculation that these are rats fleeing a sinking ship.

If these politicians are bailing because they fear defeat at the polls based solely on Clinton’s numbers, they are being foolish.

Perhaps reelection will be harder for some, thanks to the way the media and Democrats have energized their base with their endless moaning and gnashing of teeth over President Trump (not infrequently encouraged by the Presidents own antics), but presidential election numbers are a poor indicator of voter inclinations for congressional races, especially after a race as negative as the last one.

A much bigger factor will be what voters think when they start noticing more money in their paychecks next month, thanks to the Republican tax reform.

For those who care about the right to arms, the time to start getting involved in politics is right now – not in November, or October, or July.

Right now you can begin learning about candidates, volunteering for campaigns, and getting involved in your local party structure. Campaigns and the parties are always struggling to find more volunteers, and by getting involved now, you will get a better footing, be recognized by candidates and leaders, and position yourself to not only make a difference in elections, but also to have a politician’s ear once they are in office.

Get together with a shooting buddy, and make it a team project. Start with your state or county party, and get involved with your local club. Check with your Secretary of State to see if there are open Precinct Committeeman positions open in your area, and fill the vacancies.

Vist NRA Political Victory Fund website and volunteer: https://www.nrapvf.org/volunteer/

Volunteer to man a candidate’s or party table at area gun shows. That usually comes with free admission, and a great excuse to go to every show. It can also position you as a politician’s go-to guy on gun issues. Most of them don’t really understand our issue as anything other than a political point, so even the ones already on our side often need to be educated.

 

As Tip O’Neil used to say, “All politics is local,” and getting involved in local politics really does make a difference. Don’t wait for Election Day to do something. Get involved right now, and make a real difference, because if we lose Congress, we lose rights.

Jeff Knox
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About Jeff Knox:

Jeff Knox is a second-generation political activist and director of The Firearms Coalition. His father Neal Knox led many of the early gun rights battles for your right to keep and bear arms. Read Neal Knox – The Gun Rights War.

The Firearms Coalition is a loose-knit coalition of individual Second Amendment activists, clubs and civil rights organizations. Founded by Neal Knox in 1984, the organization provides support to grassroots activists in the form of education, analysis of current issues, and with a historical perspective of the gun rights movement. The Firearms Coalition has offices in Buckeye, Arizona and Manassas, VA. Visit: www.FirearmsCoalition.org.

Reasonable Self Defense Response Tips : Update

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Liberals say these is no reasonable self defense but we know that line of thought is ignorant.

Reasonable Self Defense Response Update

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Ft Collins, CO –-(Ammoland.com)- Addendum to yesterday’s Quipon reasonable self defense:

I’ve received many responses to yesterday’s Quip about lethal self-defense, as you might imagine, and I thank all who took the time to get back with me.

Here are some particulars that need to be added:

  • 13) Don’t shoot unless you have to! It all comes down to that. When you need to shoot immediately in order to prevent yourself from being crippled/murdered, it will probably be blatantly obvious! When it isn’t, you probably don’t need to shoot!
  • 14) When you need to shoot, shoot with sufficient volume and accuracy necessary to produce lethal wound(s) and thus finish the fight quickly. The longer this fight goes on, the more deadly risk you expose yourself to. When there must be a lethal response on your part to a deadly attack, get the fight over with as quickly as you can. In legal parlance, you can’t shoot someone in a “non-deadly” manner, nor should you try!
  • 15) Don’t approach downed/wounded suspects. When a suspect has been wounded, even when he is on the ground and not moving, stay well away from him. He is still extremely dangerous!
  • 16) Whatever you do, or don’t do, it won’t be “perfect.” Understand and expect that many will come along afterward and point-out where, and how, your could have done it better. And, they’ll probably be right! Happily, the law doesn’t require you to be “perfect.” It does require you to be “reasonable,” however the System chooses to define the term.
  • 17) Join ACLDN (Armed Citizens Legal Defense Network)! They are a powerful ally, and one you’ll be glad you have!

Some have asked for an expanded explanation of how to deal with responding police. For a competent explanation, you really need to come to a Class, but maybe the following, will be helpful:

When confronting police in the aftermath of a lethal-force event, have no guns, nor other weapons, in your hands, nor showing.

Your lines are:

  • a) Officers, thank God you’re here!
  • b) I’m the one who called.
  • c) Those men attacked us.
  • d) They tried to murder us.
  • e) We were in fear for our lives.
  • f) I will sign a complaint.
  • g) I will be happy to answer your questions, but not until my lawyer is here.
  • h) I don’t feel well, and I may be injured. I need to go to a hospital, now.

Each of those points, of course, needs expansion, but that is the base scenario.

Even when you don’t believe you’re physically injured, it is a good idea to get to a hospital to be checked-over. You may be injured and not realize it!

I suggest pointing out to police:

  • Ongoing threats
  • Articles of evidence that may not be obvious
  • Witnesses who may have seen what happened but are not obvious.

Aside from those exceptions, silence is your best ally in the short term. Your lawyer may eventually permit you to be interviewed by police, but only after you’ve had an opportunity to compose yourself, and even then, only in his presence.

I hope the foregoing clears-up some questions, but none of it represents an adequate substitute for attending a Class.

This is serious business, and you need to approach it seriously!

/John

Defense Training International, Inc

About John Farnam & Defense Training International, Inc
As a defensive weapons and tactics instructor John Farnam will urge you, based on your own beliefs, to make up your mind in advance as to what you would do when faced with an imminent and unlawful lethal threat. You should, of course, also decide what preparations you should make in advance, if any. Defense Training International wants to make sure that their students fully understand the physical, legal, psychological, and societal consequences of their actions or inactions.

It is our duty to make you aware of certain unpleasant physical realities intrinsic to the Planet Earth. Mr Farnam is happy to be your counselor and advisor. Visit: www.defense-training.com

In Today’s Liberally Screwed-Up Society What is a Reasonable Self Defense Response?

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The liberal idea of self defense would be to hide or runaway or get on your knees and beg not to be hurt or killed.

 


In Today’s Liberally Screwed-Up Society What is a Reasonable Self Defense Response?

 

Ft Collins, CO –-(Ammoland.com)- “Reasonable” Response.

A student asks:

“I’m in my 70s. When I’m the victim of an unprovoked attack by a younger, bigger, stronger person(s) who is using only his fists, elbows, knees, and/or shod feet, how much of a pommeling am I expected to absorb, and for how long, before I employ deadly force in order to stop the attack and thus prevent myself from being injured/murdered?

We have seen several instances where a single blow from a fist to an unprotected head proved fatal, many others where such a blow caused permanent, disabling injury and/or disfigurement.

Of course, ‘injury’ is easy to demonstrate AFTER it has been inflicted. But, the object of legitimate self-defense is to PREVENT such lethal/disabling outcomes. How can I persuasively demonstrate what didn’t happen?”

My comment:

No matter whom you ask, you won’t get a very satisfactory answer to that question, and mine (as follows) won’t be very satisfying either!

We all look for “safety” in “the law.” We ask ourselves, “When I strictly follow the law can I know that I will never be prosecuted?”

In fact, many naive instructors keep reiterating, “Know the law,” as if that were even possible, and as if that represents a guarantee that bad things will never happen to you.

If you were to read every law carefully, along with each ordinance, rule “guideline,” and regulation that could ever possibly apply to you as a gun-owner/carrier, particularly as you travel around the Country, there would not be enough years left in your life to complete the task!

Even then, the task would be largely an exercise in futility, because we no longer have a “nation of laws.” We have a “nation of agendas.”

Some laws, like our immigration laws for example, are openly, deliberately, and contemptuously violated every day, with no consequence! Laws against possession and use of marijuana are openly violated in entire states, with no consequence.

So then, what is “the law” when it can be ignored by state governments? What other “laws” can we all ignore?

I am today seeing officer-involved shootings which are completely justified, by any standard. The shooting then being the subject of civil suits, where cities don’t even put up a fight, as they dole-out untold millions of taxpayer dollars to the “bereaved” families of vicious, violent, (and mercifully dead) criminals but these innocent officers. Officers who acted properly and did correctly the job we pay them to do, are also being viciously prosecuted by politically-active prosecutors, who cynically see an unjust conviction merely as a career stepping-stone.

So, when you’re involved in a self-defense shooting, what will be important?

The factor that will most sway prosecutors is usually the way the event is reported in the papers and other news media.

When the headline is, “Local Gun-Nut Slays Honor Student,” you can bet the system will be under immense pressure to prosecute, while facts of the case shrink to irrelevance!

When the shooting is cross-racial, hang on to your hat! You may find yourself being prosecuted merely to mollify rioters!

When the shooting takes place during an election year, hang on to your hat! A political candidate may push for prosecution merely to court votes from a particular minority.

We saw this exact phenomenon in the Zimmerman Case in FL in 2008!

So, where is “safety?”

There is none, but here are some things I can recommend:

1) Be a good person! Heaven knows none of us are perfect, but good people ever strive towards goodness, decency, and personal honesty. At the same time, be very good at minding your own business!

2) (a) Don’t go to stupid places. (b) Don’t associate with stupid people. (c) Don’t do stupid things. (d) Be in bed by 10.00pm (your own bed!). (e) Have a “normal” appearance. (f) Don’t fail the attitude test!

3) When you go armed, keep weapon(s) discreetly out of sight. Don’t talk about your guns. Don’t “show” your gun(s) to anyone. Don’t brandish your gun except for good cause.

4) When you must shoot, use your sights, press your trigger carefully, and hit with every shot.

5) Stop shooting when the threat(s) is clearly neutralized.

6) Don’t chase suspects!

7) Don’t flee the scene, except as necessary to preserve your own safety

8) Be first to the phone! Report the incident to police as soon as practicable.

9) Know what to say, and what not to say, to police. Know your lines!

10) Get your lawyer involved as quickly as possible

11) Be prepared for an unpleasant aftermath, endless media lies, PTSD, complete disruption of your life. Don’t expect anyone to be sympathetic, nor “understanding.”

12) Like any traumatic event, you’ll never really “get over it,” but as days and weeks pass, you’ll be able to put it in perspective, and move on.

I realize the preceding is inadequate and grossly oversimplified, but it may be helpful.

There are no guarantees!

/John

About John Farnam & Defense Training International, Inc
As a defensive weapons and tactics instructor John Farnam will urge you, based on your own beliefs, to make up your mind in advance as to what you would do when faced with an imminent and unlawful lethal threat. You should, of course, also decide what preparations you should make in advance if any. Defense Training International wants to make sure that their students fully understand the physical, legal, psychological, and societal consequences of their actions or inactions.

It is our duty to make you aware of certain unpleasant physical realities intrinsic to the Planet Earth. Mr. Farnam is happy to be your counselor and advisor. Visit: www.defense-training.com

 

 

Head Of Baltimore Gun Trace Task Force Pleads Guilty To Racketeering

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H/T AmmoLand.

Corrupt men like former Baltimore Police Sgt. Wayne Jenkins gives every good LEO in America a bad name.

Corrupt Baltimore Police Sgt. Wayne Jenkins, 37

 

U.S.A. –-(Ammoland.com)- Former Baltimore Police Sgt. Wayne Jenkins, 37, of Middle River, MD who was in charge of the now disbanded Baltimore Gun Trace Task Force has pleaded guilty in federal court to racketeering.

Federal authorities have arrested a total of nine officers from the disgraced Baltimore Gun Trace Task Force for stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash and drugs. Prosecutors accuse the GTTF of reselling the drugs and splitting the profits with a drug dealer they supplied. The task force would install GPS trackers on known drug dealer cars and then have a third party break into the cars and steal the cash and drugs. This tactic wasn’t the only thing that task force used.

Jenkins and his fellow task force members would also break into suspected drug dealer houses for what is known as a “sneak and peak.” The officers conducted these searches without a warrant to get an inventory of what was in the houses. The officers would then have a third party rob the home of drugs and cash to resell the narcotics.

In one case Jenkins and fellow officers confiscated 50 lbs of marijuana that was sent by an unknown party through the US mail. Instead of turning it in for evidence in an open case the task force passed the drugs to their dealer who then sold it on the Baltimore streets.

This incident wasn’t the only time that Jenkins and the other task force officers resold confiscated drugs. In one bust they recovered 30 lbs of marijuana. Once again, instead of turning it in for evidence, Jenkins passed it onto his dealer who sold it for $60,000 earning Jenkins and the other officers $30,000.

In yet another incident of misconduct a car was stopped and found to have $35,000 in cash, but nothing illegal. Jenkins let the driver go, but unknown to the driver he installed a small GPS unit on the car. He then had a third party break into the house and stole the cash when the owner was not home. Jenkins and his officers also stopped a suspect and took his house key. The officers drove to the house of the owner and stole $200,000 and two kilograms of cocaine while officers of the task force were detaining him. The task force then sold the cocaine on the streets of Baltimore through their dealer for $30,000.

Jenkins also admitted to planting evidence in a car of a suspect. Altogether the Task Force made between $200,000 and $250,000 in resold drugs. This money is in addition to the hundreds of thousands of dollars in stolen cash taken by the officers. These illegal activities are now causing hundreds of cases that the officers were involved in to be thrown out of the courts.

Jenkin’s attorney, Steve Levin, seems to be implying that these crimes were a result of his time in the Marines and the death of his son. Jenkins served in the Marine Corp and was honorably discharged from the USMC. Levin also asked for leniency because Jenkins helped get guns off the streets of Baltimore. He didn’t speak to the fact that most if not all of those cases are going to be thrown out because of the misconduct of the Baltimore Gun Trace Task Force.

“He and others were responsible for seizing hundreds if not thousands of illegal firearms and getting them off the streets of Baltimore City. At some point, regrettably, something changed,” Jenkin’s attorney said in court. “Whether that’s a result of something that happened during his time in the military, something during his time in the Police Department, or as a result of the death of his son, remains uncertain.”

Jenkins is facing a minimum of 20 years in prison and a maximum of 30 years. The FBI is still trying to grasp the scope of how much money and property was stolen by the officers before the courts can decide on restitution to the victims. Two other officers, Detectives Daniel Hersl and Marcus Taylor, are set to go on trial later this month and entered a plea of not guilty.

In all the reporting on this story there is no mention if they were also selling the equally valuable guns they confisicated or stole?

About John Crump

John is a NRA instructor and a constitutional activist. He is the former CEO of Veritas Firearms, LLC and is the co-host of The Patriot News Podcast which can be found at www.blogtalkradio.com/patriotnews. John has written extensively on the patriot movement including 3%’ers, Oath Keepers, and Militias. In addition to the Patriot movement, John has written about firearms, interviewed people of all walks of life, and on the Constitution. John lives in Northern Virginia with his wife and sons and is currently working on a book on the history of the patriot movement and can be followed on Twitter at @crumpyss or at www.crumpy.com.

Proposed Evansville Buyback Useless for Everything but Political Publicity

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H/T AmmoLand.

The DemocRat Councilman Jonathan Weaver is facing criminal charges.

They make it sound like murderous gang members will be lining up to turn in the tools of their trade, as opposed to this being a photo op for “city leaders” eager to impress the gullible that they’re “doing something about gun violence.”

USA – -(Ammoland.com)-“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…

Since when is it “commonsense gun safety” to tempt people who may not be familiar with how to handle a gun to pick one up and transport it? Does a widow who found her late husband’s handgun know how to make sure it’s really unloaded, and to do so if it’s not? Does she know removing a magazine doesn’t necessarily mean there’s not one in the chamber? Or not to touch the trigger…? Or how to safely and legally transport a firearm…?

Isn’t it beyond irresponsible to lure such people with gift certificates and the like?

Don’t expect Weaver to address that. He’s too busy following up his “buyback” boondoggle plan by wasting even more tax plunder on “helping” to push for  Shotspotter in the 2019 budget. That’s the technology that, per a recent Forbes analysis, “alerts police to lots of gunfire, but produces few tangible results.”

But again, it doesn’t matter, because Weaver gets to take credit for another “accomplishment” on his campaign website as well as get his name favorably mentioned by cheerleader media.

And for someone with political ambitions, Weaver needs all the favorable media mentions he can get. That’s because it wasn’t even a year ago when he was getting headlines for criminal invasion of privacy charges over violating a restraining order filed in relation to his divorce. And while the County Prosecutor filed a motion to dismiss the charges in June, he made a point of adding circumstances were such that he did so “without prejudice, meaning that it could be refiled in the future.”

And then there’s a protective order naming Jonathan Weaver that is currently posted on the State of Indiana’s Court Information Technology Extranet. How that affects his status is unclear, but it would also appear that question 11.h. on ATF Form 4473 could be problematic for the councilman.

Whether it should be a disqualifier is something some would debate. After all, it’s no secret that divorces can be messy, ex-partners can be spiteful and all Americans are entitled to due process. Imposing a disability on a fundamental, Constitutionally-enumerated right before being convicted of a qualifying crime ought to trouble all of us.

Then again, the guy’s a Democrat politician and he’s out there advancing himself and taking advantage of media exposure by getting citizens to turn in their guns under the pretext that it will help alleviate gang murders.  He’ll probably see the event happen, too, and get plenty more brainless media coverage for “doing something” about “gun violence.”

If the “city leaders” play it right, they may even get to wow giddy reporters by “taking a bazooka off the streets.”


About David Codrea:David Codrea

David Codrea is the winner of multiple journalist awards for investigating / defending the RKBA and a long-time gun owner rights advocate who defiantly challenges the folly of citizen disarmament.

In addition to being a field editor/columnist at GUNS Magazine and associate editor for Oath Keepers, he blogs at “The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance,” and posts on Twitter: @dcodrea and Facebook.

Owning Multiple Firearms is like Having the Right Tools for the Job

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I am shocked to discover I am a mass murderer in waiting because I own more than two guns.

I plan to expand the number of guns I own as finances permit.

Fayetteville, AR –-(Ammoland.com)- In a recent discussion on Twitter (@gregcampnc), I was informed that anyone who has more than two guns is gearing up to commit mass murder. Now I’m willing to allow for some measure of exaggeration, given the nature of the medium, but as I look around at my personal armory and contemplate my plans for the new year, I have to say that one of us does not understand the other.

For purposes of this article, I am going to focus only on handguns. That’s to give my opponent’s argument the best chance, but also because the weather where I live—and in most of America—has turned cold. More on that in a bit.

First, consider the variation in power among the cartridges used in handguns. The weapon that you choose for going after squirrels would be a poor choice for dealing with the bears in Alaska, for example. That’s obvious to my readers here, but gun control advocates rarely trouble themselves to learn the subject they wish to regulate. In the case of handgun hunting, a person would be able to name a requirement for at least two and more likely three firearms—a small-bore rimfire, a medium piece, say .357 Magnum, for much of the U.S. wilderness, and something .44 Magnum on up if you’re going among the bigger Ursidae. Hunting in Africa may add a new need, depending on your big bore choice here.

Yes, I left out the typical semiautomatic pistols in the preceding. And that gets us into the magazine capacity debate. Do I have to explain that hunting and self-defense are different actions? To some people, I do, it seems. A hunter has a duty to make clean shots that minimize the suffering of the prey and also has the luxury of choosing to shoot or to refrain. In self-defense, good people have to react to violence that someone else has brought to them, needing to stop that violence as quickly as possible. Criminals can come in plurals, and sometimes—especially if they’re chemically enhanced—stopping them takes several shots. In this as in many other areas, Hollywood—with so many scenes of bad guys spraying to no effect, while good guys score one-shot stops—has done us a disservice.

But what about the weather? Read gun discussion boards for a while, and you’ll come across comments about carrying different guns when it’s hot or cold, since lots of clothing will conceal more than shorts and a tee shirt. A snubby revolver will fit into pockets that an M1911 will flop out of. It’s cold outside right now, though, so would one full-size handgun be enough?

I mention the temperature because when I go outside at present, I’m wearing gloves. I ask my fellow Glock owners to consider the trigger safety and trigger guard of our pistols. When my index finger is wrapped in a layer of leather, I want more resistance on the part of the bang switch—even understanding that my finger doesn’t go on the trigger until I’m ready to shoot. That’s because there should be enough room for getting my finger in place and because circumstances might change enough to tell me not to shoot. For days like this, a gun with a generous guard and a trigger that takes more time and intention to let go makes sense.

All of this isn’t to say what you should have or what best fits your requirements. It is to say that arbitrary limits on what everyone may own make no sense. Having the right tool for the job is what freedom allows us. These things, again, will be obvious to the usual readers here, but we have to be ready to explain to others the logic of what we do if we are going to preserve our rights.


About Greg CampGreg Camp

Greg Camp has taught English composition and literature since 1998 and is the author of six books, including a western, The Willing Spirit, and Each One, Teach One, with Ranjit Singh on gun politics in America. His books can be found on Amazon. He tweets @gregcampnc

Buy Receivers, Assemble Rifles for Shady Characters – Go to Jail

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H/T AmmoLand.

It is good to see that the Trump DOJ is doing their job enforcing gun laws.

 

Arizona -(Ammoland.com)- Gary Busby has been ordered to report to the federal Bureau of Prisons to start a six and a half year sentence on March 8, 2018. He is 65 years old.

He was convicted of one count of dealing in firearms without a license, and four counts of structuring financial transactions to evade reporting requirements.

The press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Texas says the firearms charge was for conspiracy to illegally manufacture firearms.  The description of the crimes appears to be illegally selling firearms, not manufacturing them.

From justice.gov 8 Dec, 2017:

DALLAS — Gary Busby, 65, formerly of Flower Mound, Texas, was sentenced this morning by U.S. District Judge Sam A. Lindsay to 78 months in federal prison for his role in a conspiracy to illegally manufacture firearms that were sent to Mexico, announced U.S. Attorney Erin Nealy Cox of the Northern District of Texas.

Busby was convicted in March 2017, following a two-week jury trial, on one count of conspiracy to manufacture firearms without a license and four counts of structuring financial transactions to evade reporting requirements. Judge Lindsay ordered Busby to surrender to the Bureau of Prisons on March 6, 2018.

It appears that Busby was selling firearms parts at gun shows when he was approached and asked to act as a straw purchaser for Jose Maria Deleon. Deleon, it appears, had contacts with clients in Mexico. Deleon was said to have contacted Busby and arranged for Busby to purchase a receiver for him.

Then Deleon arranged for Busby to assemble receivers into functional firearms. If that is what happened, assembly is not the same as manufacture. But Busby also violated currency reporting law by purchasing dozens of postal money orders.  The action in the case happened from 2009 to 2012.

From justice.gov, 2 June, 2016:

The indictment alleges that from approximately April 2009 to February 2011, Busby lied on ATF forms related to firearms purchases by stating he was the actual transferee/buyer of the firearm, knowing that he would sell or trade those firearms to third parties.


The indictment further alleges that from approximately December 2010 to September 2012, Busby also illegally structured cash transactions to avoid having reports of his cash transactions recorded and reported to the government, so as to disguise the proceeds of illegally manufacturing firearms sent to Mexico.

Busby had been warned. In July of 2011, acting on a tip form Fort Worth Police Officers, Federal agents had searched Busby’s home and inventoried all his firearms. Busby signed a letter telling him to cease and desist in engaging in the business of selling firearms without a license.

From justice.gov, March 16, 2017:

During a search of Busby’s residence in July 2011, federal agents cataloged all the firearms and ammunition at the residence. That same day, Busby signed a letter putting him on notice that he was to cease and desist in engaging in the business of selling firearms without a license and advising him that several of the firearms he had sold had been recovered during criminal activities. In spite of the notification, one of the firearms cataloged that day at Busby’s residence was later found in Mexico by authorities.

Deleon was sentenced for federal crimes involving firearms in September of 2015.  I suspect that had something to do with Busby’s indictment in March of 2017, his conviction in June of 2017, and his sentencing in December of 2017.

There were supposed to be hundreds of firearms involved, but only about 50 had been confiscated in Mexico.

Most people are unaware of how long these cases drag on. Busby started on this path in 2009. He was warned in 2011. He wasn’t arrested until 2017, and will not actually go to prison until 2018. So 9 years went by from the beginning of this mess. He has been living in Ruidoso, New Mexico, on a street named the same as the famous rapist and murderer, Willie Horton. It is a very nice neighborhood with houses in the $400,000 to $500,000 range.

I expect he will report to prison for his 78-month sentence.

He had plenty of chances to avoid prison. It probably started with a single purchase. The lesson is, don’t buy guns for shady characters.  Don’t ignore warnings from the BATFE. Don’t violate currency laws by purchasing dozens of $1,000 postal money orders.  Don’t expect any honor among criminals. Deleon’s sentence is only 60 months in prison, a full year and a half less than Busby’s.

2017 by Dean Weingarten: Permission to share is granted when this notice is included.

About Dean Weingarten:

Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of constitutional carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and recently retired from the Department of Defense after a 30-year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.

‘Stop-and-Frisk’ of Gun Owners Opposed by Gun Rights Groups

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H/T AmmoLand.

Hopefully the Pennsylvania Supreme Court will make the right call to uphold the Second Amendment.

HARRISBURG, Pa. -(Ammoland.com)- Today, attorney Joshua Prince of Civil Rights Defense Firm, P.C., filed an important amici curiae (“friends of the court”) brief in a Pennsylvania Supreme Court case that will impact gun owners throughout the Commonwealth, including more than one million people who have been issued a license to carry a concealed weapon in the state and millions more Americans who can legally carry there under a “reciprocity” agreement or state “open carry” rules.

“In this case, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court will be deciding whether the mere open or concealed carrying of a firearm – in the absence of any criminal conduct – is sufficient to establish reasonable suspicion of criminal conduct,” attorney Prince explained. “Simply put, the Supreme Court intends to decide whether law-abiding citizens can be harassed and interrogated by police for merely open or conceal carrying a firearm.”

The brief, submitted on behalf of numerous members of the Pennsylvania General Assembly as well as civil rights advocacy organizations Firearms Policy Coalition (“FPC”), Firearms Policy Foundation (“FPF”), and Firearm Owners Against Crime (“FOAC”), argues that “the mere open or conceal carrying of a firearm cannot establish reasonable articulable suspicion of criminal conduct” and that, otherwise, “the unintended consequences would result in law enforcement having reasonable suspicion to stop almost every person encountered, since most, if not all, objects possessed or utilized by citizens can be utilized either for lawful or unlawful purposes.”

“We believe that ‘stop-and-frisk’ policies that harass gun owners who carry for self-defense, like the one at the core of this case, are unconstitutional, bad public policy, and dangerous,” said FPC President and FPF Chairman Brandon Combs. “We were delighted to join and provide funding towards this important brief to protect the civil rights of millions of law-abiding gun owners.”

A copy of the amici brief can be viewed on their website.

The docket report for the case of Commonwealth v. Hicks, 56 MAP 2017, can be accessed at the Court’s Web site here.

Firearms Policy CoalitionAbout Firearms Policy Coalition:

Firearms Policy Coalition is a 501(c)4 grassroots nonprofit organization. FPC’s mission is to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, especially the fundamental, individual Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.

For more information, visit their website.

Firearms Policy Foundation

About Firearms Policy Foundation:

Firearms Policy Foundation is a 501(c)3 grassroots nonprofit organization. FPF’s mission is to defend the Constitution of the United States and the People’s rights, privileges and immunities deeply rooted in this Nation’s history and tradition, especially the inalienable, fundamental, and individual right to keep and bear arms.

For more information, visit their website.

GA: Armed Woman Saves Deputy in Georgia

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H/T AmmoLand.

A great example of a firearm saving someone’s life.

GA: Armed Woman Saves Deputy in Georgia

 

Arizona -(Ammoland.com)- A kind-hearted Deputy was rewarded with a potentially deadly attack in Dawson County, Georgia on December fifth, about 2:40 P.M.

Sargent Randy Harkness has been with the Dawson County Sheriff’s office for more than 23 years.  He gave a courtesy ride to Justin Alan Foster to the local Chevron station.

He was in the process of providing some personal charity to Foster in the form of a small cash gift, when Foster attacked him.

From fox5atlanta.com:

“He then began to give the gentleman some money just to help him out and the suspect began to physically assault him,” said Sheriff Johnson.

The sheriff said an unidentified woman in her late 20s in a car at the Chevron witnessed the assault, got out of her car, gun in hand, and fired at suspect Justin Foster while he was attacking Harkness. Eyewitnesses in the gas station saw it unfold.

“She shot off, a round. The guy got off the police officer and she shot another round and he was running that way I think, there was three shots,” said Aseem Kahn, owner of the station.

Sheriff Johnson says he believes the armed woman saved Sgt. Harkness’ life.

Dawson County District Attorney’s Office is involved in the investigation. The sheriff says the Good Samaritan will not face charges.

“I truly believe she’s a hero I believe she thankfully saved this officer’s life,” said Sheriff Johnson.

The suspect, wounded by the armed woman, then ran off and assaulted others, including an elderly woman. Two more good Samaritans subdued the attacker.

From dawsonnews.com:

Foster then fled across the road to the McDonald’s parking lot where he assaulted an elderly woman.

Additional “good Samaritans” at the McDonald’s detained Foster until officers arrived, Johnson said.

Johnson said earlier this week that a female bystander who shot Foster as he was assaulting Harkness likely saved the officer’s life, as well as other potential victims.

“I truly believe through her actions he’s here today,” Johnson said Tuesday.

Officials have not released the identity of the bystander. It is not likely she will face any charges.

There have been a number of cases where good Samaritans who are legally armed have saved police lives.  There have been several in the last couple of years. In addition to the event in Georgia, in 2017 an Arizona armed citizen saved a State Trooper who was wounded and under assault.

In 2016, armed citizens saved police in FloridaOhio, and in Pennsylvannia.

There has been an accelerating number of police saves by armed citizens as more and more citizens are carrying defensive firearms on a daily basis.

Dozens of instances of armed citizens saving police officers before 1996 are recounted in  the nraila.org article published in 1999.

The many police lives saved by legally armed citizens are a major contributor to the positive attitude that police have about legally armed people.

An armed people and local police are natural allies. When locally controlled police and a population who trust them work together, crime rates plummet to very low levels.

When police are not trusted, the crime rate soars.

2017 by Dean Weingarten: Permission to share is granted when this notice is included.

About Dean Weingarten:

Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of constitutional carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and recently retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.

 

 

 

Tell NJ Governor Christie to Pardon Meg Fellenbaum

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H/T AmmoLand.

Let’s put pressure on Governor Christie to do the right thing and pardon Meg Fellenbaum.

Meg Fellenbaum

 

New Jersey –  -(Ammoland.com)- Well… here we go again! New Jersey’s draconian gun laws and overzealous prosecutors have once again entrapped an innocent Pennsylvanian woman.

Meg Fellenbaum – apparently a danger to society in New Jersey, but not Pennsylvania – allegedly committed the horrific crime of having her firearms locked in the trunk of her car while driving to pick up her girlfriend. However shocking this may be to anti-Second Amendment activists, no one was victimized by Meg’s actions.

Despite not posing any threat – after a year of terror inflicted upon her by New Jersey’s (in)justice system, prosecutors successfully broke Meg down and frightened her into accepting a plea deal of one year in prison (instead of facing trial and up to 13+ years in prison if she did not accept the plea deal).

I wish we were making this up, but this is New Jersey… Without going into all the details and injustices with her case (some of which we’ve already addressed in previous stories) we are requesting everyone call Governor Christie to urge him to pardon her before he leaves office.

Please call and/or write to Governor Christie: 609-292-6000

Office of the Governor
PO Box 001
Trenton, NJ 08625

We will be calling every day until she is pardoned; we ask you stand with us and make a simple call, too, or write a letter regarding this terrible injustice. We have gotten to know Meg Fellenbaum over the past year and we cannot think of a better example of someone who has been entrapped by New Jersey’s ridiculous laws that seek to criminalize honest Americans!

If you would like to donate to Meg’s legal defense fund please click here to donate so we can assist with her legal expenses. As many of you know, the State of New Jersey fights innocent people with endless taxpayer funds while we have to get second mortgages on our homes to defend ourselves. So even if you win, you still lose.

New Jersey Second Amendment Society
New Jersey Second Amendment Society

 

Once again, we ask that you call and write every day until she is pardoned by Gov. Christie. This madness needs to stop!

 

About:
New Jersey Second Amendment Society – Our mission is to promote the free exercise of Second Amendment rights within the community and Legislature of New Jersey, to educate the community regarding the enjoyable, safe, and responsible use of firearms, and to engender a sense of camaraderie and fellowship among the members and their families. Visit: www.nj2as.com

 

 

 

 

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