Latest Articles: Bang / Guns
The 1 must-have tool for turbulent times
Post Date: 2011-03-20 18:13:36 by Mad Dog
"May you live," the ancient curse goes, "in interesting times." We certainly live in days that are anything but boring. The word is, politically, figuratively and, in the case of Japan, literally on fire. We mere mortals, the common citizens, the working men and women of the United States, must stand by and watch it burn down around us. Or must we? With the increasing instability of our politics, our economy and even the physical world itself, only the insane or the stupid would fail to prepare. Westerners have always been prone to technological pseudo-preparation. By this I mean that we, as modern citizens of the West, tend to think that once we acquire a tool, the ...
That old Gunwalker smell. Feds say Zapata killer's weapon was purchased "prior to law enforcement’s awareness of the purchase." Can we believe them?
Post Date: 2011-03-02 16:35:10 by Mad Dog
Robert Farago at The Truth About Guns reports: Gunwalker Gun Implicated in Second Federal Agents Murder. He quotes an email blast by Jeff Knox's Firearms Coalition, who comments: "Kudos to Activists/Bloggers David Codrea and Mike Vanderboegh, who broke the "Project Gunwalker" scandal and brought it to Sen. Grassley's attention." Yes, well. Kindly hold all applause until the end of the scandal. Farago writes: The gun that was used by a smuggler to kill ICE Agent Jaime Zapata last month in Mexico has been traced to a Texas gun shop, where it was purchased by suspected gun traffickers who had reportedly been under ATF surveillance for over a year. An ...
Texas Poised to Pass Bill Allowing Guns On Campus
Post Date: 2011-02-20 22:08:04 by Murron
Texas Poised to Pass Bill Allowing Guns On Campus By JIM VERTUNO, Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas Texas is preparing to give college students and professors the right to carry guns on campus, adding momentum to a national campaign to open this part of society to firearms. More than half the members of the Texas House have signed on as co-authors of a measure directing universities to allow concealed handguns. The Senate passed a similar bill in 2009 and is expected to do so again. Republican Gov. Rick Perry, who sometimes packs a pistol when he jogs, has said he's in favor of the idea. Texas has become a prime battleground for the issue because of its gun culture and its size, ...
Meet ‘The Punisher’: A Soldier’s New Weapon of Choice
Post Date: 2011-02-14 10:13:26 by Happy Quanzaa
The Army Times has the goods on a new weapon tested in Afghanistan. It performed flawlessly and has our soldiers asking for more. The XM-25, Counter Defilade Target Engagement System with 25mm rounds, is semi-automatic, and includes fully integrated day/night, full-solution target acquisition/fire control. Soldiers in the field have given it the nickname The Punisher. The Times reports: Since its first contact Dec. 3, the XM25 has been in nine engagements with two units at different locations, officials said. Specifically, it has disrupted two insurgent attacks on observation posts, taken out two PKM machine gun positions and destroyed four ambush sites. In one ...
Bloomberg: Obama Not Concerned About Illegal Gun Sales
Post Date: 2011-02-07 10:45:53 by Brian S
WASHINGTON New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg sharply criticized the White House on Sunday for what he described as its unwillingness to clamp down on illegal gun sales on the US-Mexican border. The Obama administration recently denied a request by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF) for an emergency rule that would force gun dealers on the border to report bulk sales of assault rifles. ATF described it as part of an effort to bust the smuggling of weapons by drug cartels. Bloomberg, an outspoken advocate for stricter gun laws, issued a statement through his group, "Mayors Against Illegal Guns." "The White House decided that the illegal ...
Bill would require all S.D. citizens to buy a gun
Post Date: 2011-02-01 01:26:30 by Ferret Mike
Five South Dakota lawmakers have introduced legislation that would require any adult 21 or older to buy a firearm sufficient to provide for their ordinary self-defense. The bill, which would take effect Jan. 1, 2012, would give people six months to acquire a firearm after turning 21. The provision does not apply to people who are barred from owning a firearm. Nor does the measure specify what type of firearm. Instead, residents would pick one suitable to their temperament, physical capacity, and preference. The measure is known as an act to provide for an individual mandate to adult citizens to provide for the self defense of themselves and others. ...
Utah considers making semiautomatic pistol a state symbol (Browning M1911)
Post Date: 2011-01-27 23:15:37 by hondo68
An M1911A1 semiautomatic, .45-caliber pistol manufactured by Remington Rand. Utah gunmaker John M. Browning designed the original M1911 firearm, which lawmakers want to make the nation's official state gun.Utah may become the first state to adopt an official firearm, according to The Salt Lake Tribune. A House committee voted, 9-2, yesterday to endorse a bill that would make Utah gunmaker John Moses Browning's M1911 semiautomatic pistol a state symbol. The bill's sponsor, Rep. Carl Wimmer, R-Herriman, said the .45-caliber handgun is something that represents Utah, The Tribune reported."It's an implement of freedom that has defended America for 100 years," he ...
Arizona Judge Stood Firm With Sheriff Mack [John Roll ruled to gut Brady Bill]
Post Date: 2011-01-24 21:53:23 by Ferret Mike
During the hours following the Tucson tragedy, as the details slowly emerged and we learned that a relatively unknown congresswoman was seriously wounded and a federal judge had been among the six killed, many Americans wondered if there was a specific target and who that might have been. More importantly, why was Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) getting all the ink while Judge John Roll remained virtually unnamed for a whole day? In this business, we at AFP long ago learned to read the white part of the newspaper. We were in good company. Even Texas Republican Rep. Ron Pauls daily Internet news release was asking the same questions the following week. Next, former Arizona Sheriff ...
Calif. handgun ammo rules thrown out (ruled unconstitutional)
Post Date: 2011-01-19 21:40:24 by hondo68
FRESNO, Calif. A trial court judge in central California has thrown out key sections of a state law restricting handgun ammunition sales, barring authorities from registering bullet buyers' thumbprints on the grounds that it would be unconstitutional. Gun rights supporters applauded Tuesday's ruling in Fresno County Superior Court, saying the law would have created uncertainty by forcing local sheriffs and firearms shops to decide for themselves what caliber of bullets were covered under the regulations. The statute also would have compelled customers to buy their handgun ammunition in face-to-face transactions, which they said would not have prevented a tragedy like the ...
California Court Rules Ammunition Ban AB962 Unconstitutional
Post Date: 2011-01-19 13:56:41 by Brian S
In a dramatic ruling giving gun owners a win in an National Rifle Association / California Rifle and Pistol (CRPA) Foundation lawsuit, this morning Fresno Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Hamilton ruled that AB 962, the hotly contested statute that would have banned mail order ammunition sales and required all purchases of so called handgun ammunition to be registered, was unconstitutionally vague on its face. The Court enjoined enforcement of the statute, so mail order ammunition sales to California can continue unabated, and ammunition sales need not be registered under the law. The lawsuit was prompted in part by the many objections and questions raised by confused police, ...
Cheney Opens Door To Tighter Gun Restrictions
Post Date: 2011-01-19 13:30:27 by Brian S
Former Vice President Dick Cheney, a staunch gun advocate, says tighter weapons regulations might be "appropriate" to prevent another tragedy like the Arizona mass shootings that left six people dead and a congresswoman seriously wounded. Cheney, an avid hunter, said he is "willing to listen to ideas" on how to better control the purchase and use of firearms. "Whether or not there's some measure there in terms of limiting the size of the magazine that you can buy to go with a semiautomatic weapon weve had that in place before. Maybe its appropriate to re-establish that kind of thing, but I think you do have to be careful obviously," ...
After tragedy, Ariz. lawmakers eye more gun rights (University professors, sitting ducks)
Post Date: 2011-01-17 13:33:17 by hondo68
PHOENIX (AP) Arizona has become a national leader in the gun rights movement in recent years as the state enacted law after law to protect the people's right to bear arms nearly anywhere, at anytime. The shooting rampage that wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, a former legislative colleague, has done nothing to slow down the Legislature. Gun rights bills were introduced in the days after the shootings last week, and more proposals are to come. "I don't think it really changes anything," Republican state Sen. Ron Gould said of the mass shooting. "I don't see how gun control could have prevented that shooting unless you take guns out of the hands of ...
Is Gun Liability Insurance the Next Big Thing?
Post Date: 2011-01-16 14:22:46 by Brian S
Earlier this year, a lawmaker from Illinois caused a ruckus among the NRA crowd when he proposed legislation that would force gun owners to buy a liability insurance. State Rep. Kenneth Dunkin proposed amending his state's Firearm Owners Identification Card Act to require gun owners to buy $1,000,000 in liability coverage. Here's a excerpt from the bill (which is currently tabled): Provides that any person who owns a firearm in this State shall maintain a policy of liability insurance in the amount of at least $1,000,000 specifically covering any damages resulting from negligent or willful acts involving the use of such firearm while it is owned by such person. Provides that a ...
Glock Pistol Sales Surge in Aftermath of Arizona Shootings
Post Date: 2011-01-12 02:19:03 by Capitalist Eric
After a Glock-wielding gunman killed six people at a Tucson shopping center on Jan. 8, Greg Wolff, the owner of two Arizona gun shops, told his manager to get ready for a stampede of new customers. Wolff was right. Instead of hurting sales, the massacre had the $499 semi-automatic pistols -- popular with police, sport shooters and gangsters -- flying out the doors of his Glockmeister stores in Mesa and Phoenix. Were at double our volume over what we usually do, Wolff said two days after the shooting spree that also left 14 wounded, including Democratic Representative Gabrielle Giffords, who remains in critical condition. A national debate over weaknesses in state and ...
Glock Pistol Sales Jump in Aftermath of Arizona Shootings Amid Ban Concern
Post Date: 2011-01-11 14:53:26 by Brian S
Jan. 11 (Bloomberg) -- After a Glock-wielding gunman killed six people at a Tucson shopping center on Jan. 8, Greg Wolff, the owner of two Arizona gun shops, told his manager to get ready for a stampede of new customers. Wolff was right. Instead of hurting sales, the massacre had the $499 semi-automatic pistols -- popular with police, sport shooters and gangsters -- flying out the doors of his Glockmeister stores in Mesa and Phoenix. Were at double our volume over what we usually do, Wolff said two days after the shooting spree that also left 14 wounded, including Democratic Representative Gabrielle Giffords, who remains in critical condition. A national debate over ...
Peter King, Leading Republican, To Introduce Strict Gun-Control Legislation
Post Date: 2011-01-11 12:36:02 by Brian S
Rep. Peter King, a Republican from New York, is planning to introduce legislation that would make it illegal to bring a gun within 1,000 feet of a government official, according to a person familiar with the congressman's intentions. King is chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee. The proposed law follows the Saturday shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) and a federal judge that left six dead, including the judge, and 14 wounded. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, one of the nation's most outspoken gun-control advocates, is backing King's measure and is expected to put the weight of his pro-gun-control organization behind it. "Yesterday everyone ...
Post Date: 2011-01-10 13:49:36 by Ferret Mike
On June 26, 2008, the U.S. Supreme Court embraced the National Rifle Association's contention that the Second Amendment provides individuals with the right to take violent action against our government should it become "tyrannical." The following timeline catalogues incidents of insurrectionist violence (or the promotion of such violence) that have occurred since that decision was issued: June 26, 2008The case of District of Columbia v. Heller is decided by the Supreme Court in a 5-4 ruling. The opinion not only endorses the National Rifle Associations individual right interpretation of the Second Amendment; it also affirms that one of the purposes of ...
Jury: Death for bombers Prosecutors argued that the father and son who killed two police officers are too dangerous even for prison [right wing terrorists]
Post Date: 2010-12-23 11:27:49 by Ferret Mike
SALEM A jury on Wednesday recommended that a father and his son be sentenced to death for planting a bomb that exploded inside a Woodburn bank two years ago, killing two police officers and maiming a third. In a trial that spanned three months, prosecutors portrayed Bruce and Joshua Turnidge as bigoted men who hated authorities, were desperate for money and feared that newly elected President Obama would take away their guns. Both defendants stood with their lawyers and stared straight forward, showing no emotion as Marion County Circuit Judge Tom Hart read the jurys decisions. Sheriffs deputies handcuffed them and led them away to be jailed until Hart formally ...
Goldi Goes After Sneakypete with a Vengeance
Post Date: 2010-12-14 16:30:27 by Fred Mertz
#77. To: sneakypete (#0) GEESH! You are such a brat! 1. Her FATHER took her hunting, and HE selected and handled the choice of Rifles. She took whatever he gave her to use. Ever hunt with YOUR father? Dad's tend to take control of those things. 2. New Rifle/Gun: If I got a new rifle or gun, and the dealer didn't take the time to show me how it worked, I'd find a new dealer. Every gun is a little different. To prevent hunting accidents, it's prudent to learn the details of any new gun before you go out to the hunting area. Goldi-Lox posted on 2010-12-14 15:47:12 ET Reply Trace #79. To: sneakypete (#22) (Edited) Okay. NOW you're lying! It was explained to ...
Navy's Sci-Fi Railgun Breaks Record for Most Powerful Gun On the Planet (VIDEO)
Post Date: 2010-12-12 16:29:06 by Murron
Navy's Sci-Fi Railgun Breaks Record for Most Powerful Gun On the Planet (VIDEO) BY Philip Caulfield, DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER This image (below) shows the Navy's electromagnetic railgun firing a projectile, the black square, at a world-record setting 33 megajoules. The gun will allow the Navy to strike from more than 100 miles away. Say hello to the Navy's little friend. Navy scientists set a world record Friday during a test of an electromagnetic railgun, a tractor-trailer sized weapon that sends a 20-pound projectile rocketing through the air at seven times the speed of sound. VIDEO The futuristic gun was tested twice at the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Dahlgren, ...
Cashier scares off machete-weilding robber (S&W vs Machete)
Post Date: 2010-11-14 14:41:11 by hondo68
(FOX 25 / MyFoxBoston.com) - A suspect armed with the machete tried to rob a Route 148 Package and Variety Store in Oakham on Wednesday, but the cashier was able to scare the suspect off with a gun. The robbery happened around 7 p.m. The suspect arrived at the New Mart armed with the machete, demanding cash from the clerk. The storeowner and former part-time police officer pulled out his 9mm Smith and Wesson and scared the man off. Police believe the man later robbed a convenience store in Clinton later that night also using a machete. State and local police have video of the second robbery which is resulting in tips. Brad Taylor points out he has never been robbed in 17 years of doing ...
Scalia takes Kagan to gun range (but not Dick Cheney), sources say
Post Date: 2010-10-25 19:59:38 by hondo68
The witnesses saw Scalia at the Fairfax Rod and Gun Club, where he is a member, around noon on Wednesday of last week. He was with a woman who was noticeably diminutive in height, like Kagan, who stands at about five feet three inches. The witnesses, who got a very close look at the pair, say that the woman was the newest Supreme Court Justice. Scalia was bending down in order to teach Kagan how to hold the shotgun, the witnesses say, and the pair were shooting skeet. Kagan, who was nominated to the Supreme Court by President Obama in May and confirmed by the Senate in August, is generally believed to hold negative opinions toward the Second Amendment. The perception is based on a memo ...
Study Ties Lax State Gun Laws to Crimes in Other States (More guns = Less crime)
Post Date: 2010-09-26 22:58:37 by hondo68
WASHINGTON Nearly 600 mayors nationwide, led by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg of New York and other city leaders, are mounting a new campaign to identify states with lax gun laws and push for tighter restrictions to prevent the trafficking of guns used in crimes. A study due to be released this week by a coalition called Mayors Against Illegal Guns uses previously unavailable federal gun data to identify what it says are the states that most often export guns used in crimes across state lines. It concludes that the 10 worst offenders per capita, led by Mississippi, West Virginia and Kentucky, supplied nearly half the 43,000 guns traced to crime scenes in other states last year. The ...
Murder a Kid, Plant a Gun — Take a Vacation
Post Date: 2010-08-12 13:20:31 by Capitalist Eric
Victor Steen, a 17-year-old high school senior from West Pensacola, Florida, was murdered while riding a bicycle home from a post-Homecoming Game party last October 3rd. His murderer, Jerald Ard, ran him down in an automobile. According to eyewitnesses, Ard dragged the victim a considerable distance, nearly severing his body in half. Ard had endangered other drivers and pedestrians as he veered into the wrong lane and even drove onto a sidewalk in pursuit of Victor, repeatedly attempting to shoot the teenager with a lethal weapon. After he ran down the youngster, Ard tried to cover up his crime by planting a gun on the victim. It shouldnt come as a surprise that Ard is a police ...
Police: 6 dead, 4 wounded in New Mexico Office Shooting (male Shooter)
Post Date: 2010-07-12 16:04:02 by Badeye
Police: 6 dead, 4 wounded in New Mexico Office Shooting Published July 12, 2010 | Associated Press KRQE ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. A gunman opened fire at an Albuquerque fiber optics manufacturer on Monday, killing five people and wounding four others before turning the gun on himself in what police said was a domestic violence dispute. The shooting at Emcore Corp. appeared to involve the 37-year-old gunman's ex-wife or girlfriend, police Chief Ray Schultz said. It was not immediately clear whether she was among the dead, or what caliber weapon he used. Schultz said the gunman was a former employee, but did not release his name. Chaos unfolded as the gunman opened fire, sending ...
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