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Democrats try to channel scandal into gun control push
Post Date: 2011-06-16 18:31:45 by CZ82
Democrats try to channel scandal into gun control push By Jonathan Strong Faced with bracing evidence and the testimony of four ATF agents contradicting the Justice Departments initial blanket denials that assault weapons were knowingly allowed to escape into the clutches of Mexican drug cartels, Democrats tried a new approach at a hearing Wednesday. Rather than focus on questioning the GOPs investigative tactics, Democrats on the House Oversight Committee sought to subtly channel the burgeoning scandal into a push for new gun control laws. For instance, Rep. Gerry Connolly, Virginia Democrat, connected the apparently reckless investigative strategy to the National Rifle ...
#4. The 18th Century Machine Gun (was Racist)
Post Date: 2011-06-11 00:00:03 by Mad Dog
In 1718 Britain, a guy named James Puckle patented the world's first rapid fire weapon: the Defense Gun, also known as the Puckle Gun. Resembling a giant revolver on a tripod, this gun claimed to be able to fire 63 shots in seven minutes (which in modern mathematics is known as "nine shots a minute"). That may not seem like much, but when you consider that the most skilled musketeers at the time could only fire three shots a minute, it was a vast improvement. "Kills three times as many Frenchmen!" The official reason why the Puckle Gun never caught on with the British Army is that it had way too many cylinders -- like three or four. Clearly this was more ...
Consumers and Investors Seek Protection With Guns and Gold
Post Date: 2011-05-10 21:56:16 by hondo68
Laguna Beach, California -- Even after last weeks steep selloff in the commodities markets, the Flight to Safety trade is still on...big time. Gold may have retreated from its all-time high, but applications to purchase a handgun continue soaring to record levels. According to the FBI, background-check applications for handgun buyers are on a record-setting pace so far this year. In this years first quarter, Bloomberg News reports, the FBIs Instant Criminal Background Check System processed 4.25 million requests on prospective gun buyers up 16% from a year earlier. If the current pace continues, the number of gun ...
Wal-Mart brings guns back (sporting needs)
Post Date: 2011-04-28 21:46:46 by hondo68
After sharply cutting back on the number of stores that sold guns in 2006, Wal-Mart says they'll be available again in about half its stores. NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Wal-Mart said Thursday that it is bringing guns back to many of its U.S. stores in an effort to lift slumping sales. In 2006, Wal-Mart (WMT, Fortune 500), the world's largest retailer stopped selling guns in the majority of its stores, blaming slow demand for those types of firearms. Wal-Mart currently sells rifles, shotguns and ammunition in about 1,300 stores in the United States.Those firearms will now be available at about half of Wal-Mart's 4,000 stores.The retailer doesn't sell handguns in any of its ...
Police Confront Broward Judge at Gunpoint [Oops... Wrong Address...]
Post Date: 2011-04-27 10:55:36 by Capitalist Eric
Confusion led to a brief encounter between an armed Broward judge and police officers on Easter. Broward Circuit Court Judge Ilona Holmes, her sister and her sisters family says they were ordered at gun point by several Broward Sheriffs Deputies on Easter Sunday to come out of her sisters home with their hands up. It was no evening of peace for the Deerfield Beach family, whod just finished dinner with friends and family, and sent extra Easter dinner to a needy family connected with their church. Then, at 8:20 p.m., police got a call about a possible burglary next door. But a bad address caused police to go to the wrong home. Do I feel safe? asked Carmita ...
Assembly OKS concealed guns for four legislators (California uber elites)
Post Date: 2011-04-09 11:54:40 by hondo68
Assembly Chief Sergeant-at-Arms Ronald Pane has given four legislators permission to carry concealed weapons in the state Capitol, according to two senior Senate staff members who have been informed of the decision. State law prohibits carrying loaded firearms and deadly weapons in public buildings, except under limited conditions. A 2010 bill by Assemblywoman Cathleen Galgiani, D-Livingston, tightened the law, requiring that most holders of concealed weapons permits or other gun licenses get permission from the sergeants-at-arms of the state Assembly or the state Senate in order to bring their gun in the Capitol or legislative office buildings. Peace officers are exempt from the ...
Montana RadioShack Gives Away Guns With New Dish Network Subscriptions
Post Date: 2011-03-28 21:35:20 by hondo68
(quaziefoto) A RadioShack in Montana is making headlines and doing a brisk business by offering free guns to new Dish Network customers. "Protect yourself with Dish Network. Sign up now, get free gun," reads the sign over the door of a Hamilton, MT, RadioShack. The promo has been running since October and the store's owner says it's tripled the business in that time. It's also made the store a bit of a local landmark. "We have people literally stop in to take pictures of the sign," the Shack's manager tells local paper the Ravalli Republic. To qualify for the deal, customers have to sign up for Dish service and installation and ...
Just Found My New 12 Gauge
Post Date: 2011-03-27 11:43:16 by We The People
The time for secrecy is nearing its end. This SHOT Show, Kel-Tec will be revealing its next ground-breaking product: the KSG (Kel-Tec Shotgun). The KSG is our first entry into the shotgun market. The size, shape and design are similar to the currently available Kel-Tec RFB rifle, but the KSG ejects downward, instead of forward. The KSG weighs 6.9lbs and is as compact as legally possible with a 26.1" overall length and an 18.5" cylinder bore barrel. Even with this compact size, the internal dual tube magazines hold an impressive 14 rounds of 12 gage 2-3/4" rounds (7 per tube). The simple and reliable pump action feeds from either the left or right tube. The feed side is ...
The ultimate rifle: British snipers to be armed with supergun that pinpoints the enemy by 'hearing bullets'
Post Date: 2011-03-20 21:48:59 by Mad Dog
'Gunfire locator' uses sonar to calculate the enemy's position in little more than one second Cross-hairs on target screen show sniper where to return fire Sensor has been developed using same technology as Nintendo Wii games A supergun that targets enemy snipers by the sound of their gunfire is being trialled by British soldiers, it emerged today. The 'gunfire locator' is fitted next to the scopes of rifles which uses sonar to calculate an enemy's position within 1.3 seconds. Paratroopers even field-tested the device by offering themselves as targets to Taliban insurgents last weekend in order to draw out the fire. Deadly: The 'gunfire locator' is mounted ...
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 ...
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