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California Department of Justice agents sweep Fresno, Clovis for illegal guns

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This is from The Fresno Bee.

I have a problem with this gun sweep.

Even though they claim they were targeting criminals.

But how many legal gun owners get raided?

 

The sign in the window warned burglars that the homeowner owned a handgun and would use it in self-defense. The state agents knocking on the door were there to confiscate the weapon.

The agents are part of the California Department of Justice‘s Armed Prohibited Persons System (APPS), a program that takes firearms from people barred from owning them. The law says that group can include ex-felons and people deemed to be mentally unstable.

Often arriving in SUVs and dressed in black tactical uniforms, the teams regularly sweep through California cities with a list of names and addresses.

It was Fresno’s turn last week.

Thursday night, the agents went to the home near Roeding Park to collect a Smith & Wesson semi-automatic pistol from a woman who had been evaluated under California Welfare and Institutions Code 5150 as a danger to herself and others. As such, she had been ordered to surrender any firearms in her possession and had not.

As is often the case, the agents were told that the weapon was not there and the woman’s father-in-law had it in Bakersfield.

But that won’t be the end of the search, according to Kisu Yo, a special agent who was part of the team making the sweep.

“There’s no such thing as safe-keeping (by another family member),” Yo said.

Team members say they are dogged: They will press a prohibited person to allow them to search a home to look for the gun and ask to see the paperwork if they are told a weapon has been sold.

If agents are denied the search but have reason to believe they are being lied to, they will seek a warrant and lock down the house until they get results.

“That can make for a long night,” said Michelle Gregory, a spokeswoman for the Department of Justice.

Long nights are part of the job for the 33 agents who make up the APPS teams. They work evenings and nights because they are more likely to find people at home during those hours. They work in teams because they often have to approach darkened homes where there is likely to be an armed person inside.

“It really is a dangerous job,” said Yo, a Marine Corps veteran of the first Gulf War. “Every time we make a contact, it’s a very dangerous situation.”

Agents also say they are understaffed, but they are likely to get some help soon.

Gov. Jerry Brown recently signed legislation to use a $24 million surplus from funds paid during firearms purchases to hire as many as 36 more agents. (Fresno gun dealer Barry Bauer and several Second Amendment groups are suing because they say the diversion of funds is unconstitutional.)

California is the only state to use a program like APPS, which cross references five databases to find people who legally purchased handguns and registered assault weapons since 1996 with people banned from owning or possessing firearms.

The Attorney General’s Office said that more than 2,000 firearms were seized last year under the program. The Department of Justice says there are about 21,000 prohibited persons who possess about 43,000 firearms in the state.

Gun rights groups such as the National Rifle Association argue that making surprise visits to homes of prohibited persons is a step too far, but agents argue that people who have lost the firearms rights are clearly notified in court paperwork and other documents that they are to turn in their weapons. When they don’t, the agents can make an arrest as well as take the gun.

That was the case for a Clovis man who is prohibited from firearms possession after being convicted of felony DUI and evading officers. When agents went to his home near Swift and Fowler avenues Thursday, they found a Taurus .45 caliber pistol and he was booked as a felon in possession of a firearm.

Arrests don’t always follow the discovery of a gun. Agents visited a nearby home in Clovis in search of a firearm owned by a man who had been evaluated as mentally unstable. They found that he had access to a gun safe with several long guns as well as a long-barreled .50-caliber Smith & Wesson revolver valued at several thousand dollars.

The man told agents that he and his entire family were hunters and that the revolver was used as a weapon of last-resort when facing an attack by a charging wild pig. He said he was devastated to lose his firearm rights. The agents left with the weapons but did not arrest him.

Left behind was a hunting bow.

“You’re not taking my bow and arrows, are you?” the man asked.

“No,” said Yo. “We’re not the bow and arrow police.”

Read more here: http://www.fresnobee.com/2013/11/16/3613913/state-agents-sweep-fresno.html#storylink=cpy

 

 

 

 

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#TNB Black Bastard Hit & Dragged White Army Recruiters With An SUV

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Hat tip Mad Jewess.

We need to be aware of our surroundings.

White Americans need to start arming always. 

 

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Black Bastard Hit & Dragged White Army Recruiters With SUV

More reparations?  On my wife’s twitter page this morning, there is an ‘anti’ racist. History will prove that ‘racists’ were the victims and ‘anti’ racists were accessories to murder.

More beatings at the hands of blacks:

ST. PAUL, Minn. –  Ramsey County Prosecutors are filing additional criminal charges against a man accused of hitting two Army recruiters and dragging one of them under his SUV for over a half mile last month.

VICTIMS:

Staff Sgt. Travis Torgerson, left, and Staff Sgt. Michael Stroud

SAVAGE:

See-Amended charges for black accused of hitting and dragging White Army recruiters with SUV

 

 

Granny Defeats Five Armed Robbers With Her Gun

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This is from Freedom Outpost.

This old gal is a tough cookie.

I hope she hit some of the thugs and they got terminal lead poisoning.

A 65-year-old woman who owns the Garden Grove jewelry store, foiled the attempt of five thugs who entered her store to rob it. The woman did not want to be identified or have her face on television because she feared the bad guys would come back. At least one of them, apparently, won’t be returning.

As the suspects SUV backed in, the men jumped out with pillow cases and armed with handguns. They are seen in the surveillance video threatening the clerks with their weapons.

The unnamed owner fires two shots at the men and they scramble. In fact, their exit was so quick and abrupt as they were struck with panic, they fought each other to get out of the door. Apparently the shots of the owner were heard by the driver and he began to pull off and actually left three suspects behind, which he picked up a block and a half away.

The woman didn’t stop though. No, she chased the men into the parking lot! You go girl!

While the woman was obviously relieved to have them out of her store, within 24 hours police believe the same gang of thugs attempted to rob another jewelry store at the Asian Garden Mall in Westminster. One of the robbers took a shot to the face by that owner.

The Garden Grove Police warn owners concerning firing on the bad guys. Lt. Jeff Nightengale said, “Just like a police officer, when you fire that weapon and those rounds go down range, you have to be accountable for where those rounds end up.”

I agree, anyone who fires a weapon is responsible for anyone downrange, so make sure you hit your target.

Jim Amormino of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department said of the owners, “They certainly have a right to defend themselves.”

I agree. This is the second of two stories inside a month where a senior citizen has taken the fight to the bad guys as an armed citizen. In both cases, lives were saved and the person exercising their Second Amendment rights saved themselves and the people around them.

I’m guessing this is why we don’t hear these stories in the state run media, nor do we hear praise from people like Michael Bloomberg for law-abiding armed citizens defeating criminals.

When in a situation like this with five against one, the old saying holds true: “God didn’t make all men equal, Smith and Wesson did.” This woman scared these five young punks with just a couple of shots. She leveled the playing field quickly.

Watch the report

 

Mom with Ohio concealed handgun license fires gun to ward off sex offender’s violent attack

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http://www.newsnet5.com/video/videoplayer.swf?dppversion=12740

The story below is from The Buckeye Firearms Association.
This proves what gun owners and gun rights advocates have been saying.
“More guns equal less crime.

The Akron Beacon-Journal is reporting that another Ohio concealed handgun license-holder was able to defend herself when attacked by a violent predator.
From the article:
Outside Shirley Bennett’s home in Lakemore hangs a sign that reads: Forget about the dog, beware of the owner.
She very well could make a similar sign for her SUV.
Bennett, 39, and a card-carrying concealed weapon holder, fired a single shot from her .38-caliber revolver in a successful effort to fend off the man during an attack outside an East Wilbeth Road bank Thursday afternoon.
“I honestly believe I would not be here today if I didn’t have a gun,” Bennett said Friday. “I’m just glad I’m here today and not in the obituaries tomorrow.”
Bennett trained with her boyfriend and obtained a permit to carry her gun after an attempted break-in at her home three years ago. At the time, she was a single mother of two teens.
She said the break-in attempt made her feel vulnerable to the whim of criminals. She didn’t like the feeling.
On Thursday, she said, her training took over in the parking lot of the PNC Bank branch. Police say a man confronted Bennett as she left the bank and was about to get into her 2007 Mercury Mariner.
According to the article, the man confronted Bennett in the parking lot about 4:30 p.m. in an attempt to at least steal her SUV and perhaps kidnap and sexually assault her. Police said he tried to push her into her vehicle, and Bennett told WEWS (ABC Cleveland) her attacker made sexual comments to her as he lay on top of her.
Again, from The Beacon-Journal:
“He was hitting me from behind, trying to force me into my vehicle,” Bennett said.
Bennett struck the man with her elbow, then was wrestled down across the front seat of the SUV. While lying on her back, with her assailant atop her, Bennett arched her spine, opened the SUV console with her right hand and pulled out her firearm.
“I said, ‘I got a gun. Don’t make me use it,'” she recalled. “I think my heart was going 90 mph.”
While the man tried holding her arm, she fired a shot out of the open passenger door. The assailant had enough. He ran off. Bennett was not injured.
Meanwhile, Akron police officers found Billy Joe Covington, 23, walking several blocks away.
Police say the suspect, who is homeless, admitted he wanted to take the woman’s car and return to California.
Covington is a registered sex offender, according to court records. He was paroled from a state prison in May after serving nearly 18 months for a conviction in Stark County of gross sexual imposition against a woman.
According to the article, Covington was already wanted by police on escape charges. He is accused of walking away from a community-based correctional facility after parole for failing to register his address as a convicted sex offender.
Jim Irvine, chairman of the Buckeye Firearms Association, which advocates for conceal-carry laws in Ohio, said instances of attacks or robberies are far more common than some people realize. As a result, more citizens are arming themselves, he said.
Ohio recently set another record with the number of conceal-carry permit holders. According to figures released this month by the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, more than 253,000 people are licensed to carry a gun, more than double the number licensed in 2007.
Irvine said the state’s conceal-carry laws, first enacted in 2004, continue to protect ordinary citizens like Bennett.
“We’ve seen enough abductions to know they’re not going to be taken some place for a manicure,” he said. “It’s not going to have a happy ending. And frankly, I’d rather read about someone defending their life than someone being killed by an attacker.”
Buckeye Firearms Association has documented nearly 50 incidents reported by the media in which CHL-holders defended themselves or others. This is the third one in the greater Akron area. And yet despite the coverage of these events in the media, including by The Beacon-Journal, some journalists are still operating with a severe case of either ignorance or denial.
For example, on September 30, during a PBS panel show called NewsNite, Beacon-Journal columnist Steve Hoffman asserted that there is no real reason for gun advocates saying they need to protect their families.
“I don’t, there, there’ve been, uh, at least I can’t remember any, incidents where someone, uh, a concealed carry permit holder and his or her family has been threated in like, you know, the Walmart parking lot, and has bravely, uh, defended themselves against mayhem. I mean, the idea of citizens, uh, doing that sort of thing is, to me, is ridiculous, I mean, you open fire…you not a…yes, you have a permit but you’re not trained, uh, you know, this is why we have police forces, this is why we call 911, uh, you know, get somebody on the scene who knows what they’re doing.”
As was pointed out in The Beacon-Journal by BFA Chairman Jim Irvine, it doesn’t take much of an imagination to determine what would have happened to Bennett had she made the mistake of following Hoffman’s advice.
Chad D. Baus is the Buckeye Firearms Association Vice Chairman.

A complete list of known incidents involving Ohio CHL-holders defending themselves is available here.

 

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