Sunday, June 24, 2018

Small Arms Survey Shows U.S. with 40% of Firearms

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According to the Small Arms Survey, world wide private firearms ownership has increased from about 650 million in 2006 to 857 million at the end of 2017. That is a 32% increase over the eleven year period, or 207 million firearms. The estimate for the United States increased from 270 million in to 393.3 million, a 46 percent increase or 123.3 million firearms, over the same period. The United States accounted for 60 percent of the total global increase.

Uncertainty about any firearms data requires systematic estimation that relies on a broad spectrum of sources and makes approximation unavoidable. The Small Arms Survey’s estimates of civilian firearms holdings use data gathered from multiple sources. However, with much of civilian ownership concealed or hard to identify, gun ownership numbers can only approximate reality. Using data from several different sources, at the end of 2017 there were approximately 857 million civilian-held firearms in the world’s 230 countries and territories. Civilian firearms registration data was available for 133 countries and territories. Survey results were used to help establish total gun civilian holdings in 56 countries. The new figure is 32 percent higher than the previous estimate from 2006, when the Small Arms Survey estimated there were approximately 650 million civilian-held firearms. Virtually all countries show higher numbers, although national ownership rates vary widely, reflecting factors such as national legislation, a country’s gun culture, historical and other factors. While some of the increase reflects improved data and research methods, much is due to actual growth of civilian ownership.
While the United States accounted for 60 percent of the total global increase, nearly all countries experienced an increase in firearms ownership. The United States was estimated to have 41.5% of privately owned firearms in the world in 2006.  At the end of 2017, the Small Arms Survey estimated the U.S.A. had 46% of privately owned firearms in the world.

My estimation of the private firearms stock in the United States is a bit higher than that of the Small Arms Survey. I use the method first used by Newton and Zimring, then by Gary Kleck in "Point Blank"

Using that method, there were 295 million private firearms in the United States in 2006. The Small Arms Survey estimates 270 million, or 92% of my calculated figure. At the end of 2017, using Kleck's methodology, there would be 418 million firearms (2017 numbers estimated from NICS checks).  The Small Arms Survey estamate is now 94% of what I calculated.

The BATFE numbers, plus the estimation for 2017 from NICS, shows an increase of 123 million firearms added to the private stock over the period. The Small Arms Survey shows 123.3 million added over the same period, virtually an identical increase. Thus, the only difference is in the estimation of the private stock in 2006.

Firearm numbers increase with increasing prosperity. Firearms are a highly desired manufactured good. It is unexceptional that as societies become more prosperous, the number of private firearms increases.

No one knows how many guns are added to the stock by manufacture by individuals, either as hobbyists or for the unregulated market, or in small, unregulated shops. Such guns can make up a significant number. At one point, 20% of the guns confiscated in Washington, D.C., were of this type.

No one knows how many guns are removed from the private stock by destruction, wear, and loss. A gun lost in a body of water usually becomes inoperable. Some guns are buried and forgotten. Guns are extremely durable items, capable of lasting for hundreds of years.

Very few guns are worn out by firing. Only a tiny number of firearm owners shoot more than a few hundred rounds of ammunition per gun per year.  There are likely 80-100 million .22 rimfire firearms in the United States. The total .22 rimfire production and importation of ammunition is about 5 billion rounds per year, or an average of 63 rounds per firearm, for the least expensive cartridge. Many hobbyist shoot far more, but the vast majority do not. Enthusiasts who shoot more often divide their shooting between multiple guns, and rigorously care for them.

Unregulated importation and exports are unknown. Guns that originally were procured by the U.S. military, which then are transfered to private citizens, are not counted as additions in the BATFE totals.

As all these numbers are unknown, they are assumed to cancel each other out.

The estimation is exactly that, an estimation.

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NC: Armed Victim Shoots, Kills 1 of 4 Armed Robbery Suspects

LEXINGTON, NC (WFMY) - A Lexington teen was found dead behind a vacant house Wednesday morning after several calls to police about gunshots were found to be linked. Thursday, police sent a release saying the teen was part of an attempted robbery among four people.

Police say during the robbery the victim shot a gun, striking 18-year-old Antoine Gelzer. All parties left the scene after that with the victim leaving in a car and Gelzer and his three associates on foot.
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TX: Five-Year-Old Brings Gun to Mother, Shots Stops Violent Attack by Father

According to investigators, just after 5 p.m. the man, identified as Derek Martin, broke into his wife's apartment in the 12000 block of North Gessner and began choking her in front of their four children. Their 8-year-old daughter hit her father while their 5-year-old child got a gun, police said.
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Fl:Gunfight, Homeowner and 1 of 3 Invaders Killed

Jaleen Malik Howard’s last action to protect his apartment from three home invaders may have provided one of the biggest clues into who killed him.

Cocoa police said the 19-year-old — at home early Tuesday with his girlfriend and child — managed to exchange gunfire with a trio of men who stormed into his second-story apartment.
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Saturday, June 23, 2018

Blind Man with a Gun

Do blind people have Second Amendment rights? Of course they do. Should they be prevented from carrying guns for self defense? They should be subject to the same laws as other people.

Carey McWilliams has demonstrated, through word and deed, that blind people are fully capable of responsible self defense and responsible use of guns. It is a disability, not a death sentence. From
The blind guy with a gun permit became a minor celebrity who made national and international news in 2001, even getting a segment on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” that showed him firing an assault rifle into the ground in front of a target.

“At first it was like, it was either a comedy thing or a villain thing,” recalled McWilliams, who insists he shrugs off detractors or jokes because he feels an obligation to educate other blind people about gun rights and gun safety.

In 2007, McWilliams self-published an autobiography about his hunting exploits and his efforts get a gun permit.
McWilliams' autobiography was published in 2007, but is currently out of print.  Carey maintains a web page that tells his story. 

He makes many valid points about the viability of a blind person's ability to use a gun for self defense.

All of us have different abilities and capabilities. A blind person cannot see, but they often have superb hearing and know how to operate with little or no vision. Most self defense situations occur in low or limited lighting.

Carey McWilliams made the decision to only fire his gun in self defense when he is in contact with his attacker.

The American with Disabilities Act (ADA) should protect McWilliams rights under the Second Amendment. I looked at the ADA website. From
§ 35.130 General prohibitions against discrimination
(a) No qualified individual with a disability shall, on the basis of disability, be excluded from participation in or be denied the benefits of the services, programs, or activities of a public entity, or be subjected to discrimination by any public entity.
As a counter, the ADA does not ensure that blind people are issued drivers licenses. Drivers licenses are considered a privilege, not a Constitutional right. There is a portion of the ADA about whether a disability can make a person dangerous.  From
§ 35.139 Direct threat.
(a) This part does not require a public entity to permit an individual to participate in or benefit from the services, programs, or activities of that public entity when that individual poses a direct threat to the health or safety of others.
(b) In determining whether an individual poses a direct threat to the health or safety of others, a public entity must make an individualized assessment, based on reasonable judgment that relies on current medical knowledge or on the best available objective evidence, to ascertain: the nature, duration, and severity of the risk; the probability that the potential injury will actually occur; and whether reasonable modifications of policies, practices, or procedures or the provision of auxiliary aids or services will mitigate the risk.
Such an assessment does not seem difficult. Legally blind people have defended themselves with firearms in their homes. We know it is possible for them to do so in public. The burden is on a public entity to show, in each individual case, that there’s a direct threat that cannot be overcome with a reasonable accommodation.

Carey McWilliams has concealed carry permits from Arizona, Florida, North Dakota, and Virginia. He was denied a permit in Minnesota, on the basis that he was a danger to himself and others, even though the judge said he was sure McWilliams would be very conscientious. The judge ruled the ADA did not apply to gun permits.

McWilliams says he plans to apply again, and if refused, to challange the discrimination in federal court.

While McWilliams is completely blind, there are many other people who are legally blind, but have some vision. They should not be discriminated against either.

There are 13 states that do not require a permit in order to carry a firearm, concealed or openly. Those states have a significant number of blind people. I have yet to see a headline where a blind person used a firearm irresponsibly, and killed or injured someone while they were defending themselves.

Overcoming disabilities is inspirational. We have chosen to spend enormous amounts to accomodate people in wheel chairs.

The rights of people who are blind should not be violated, because of prejudice and unwarranted fear.

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CO: Sheep Owner Kills Dog that Killed Three of his Flock

Weld County Sheriff's deputies spent at least 14 hours hunting for a missing, alleged killer dog before finding it dead Tuesday at the hands of a homeowner protecting his flock.

The dog, described in a sheriff's department news release as a white German Shepherd — and potentially part wolf — belonged to an inmate of the Weld County Jail and escaped its yard in the 1800 block of Dilmont Avenue in east Greeley not long after deputies first visited the inmate's home on a report of neglected animals.
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Followup AZ: Suspect from Previous Shooting, Shot, Killed

Knowing that Mobley was a suspect in the earlier shooting and possibly armed, the homeowner went outside and told him to leave, YCSO reported.

Mobley immediately struck the homeowner in the mouth with a soda can, then reached into his pocket, YCSO reported. The homeowner, now armed, considered the likelihood Mobley was reaching for a firearm and shot him. At that time, the homeowner’s wife and several small children were in the home.
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CA: Off Duty Deputy Shoots Bullmastiff that Attacked his Dog

An off-duty Tehama County deputy on Monday shot a bullmastiff three times after it bit his "much smaller" dog around the throat, and it's unknown whether the larger dog survived.

Sgt. Jeff Garrett said the deputy and his wife were walking on the 4200 block of East Avenue in Corning about 7:45 p.m. Monday when the bullmastiff jumped a fence and started "aggressively attacking" their dog.

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Friday, June 22, 2018

AR: Armed Homeowner Shoots Man who Kicked in his Door

The North Little Rock man grabbed his handgun and told the intruder, “Stop kicking the door. I’ve got a gun," but the kicking continued until the door was forced open, according to a report from the Police Department.

The report states the homeowner fired two shots from the kitchen as the intruder, later identified as 37-year-old Renaldo Foreman, entered the living room. The Maumelle man then stumbled away and reportedly fell into a pile of leaves in front of the house.
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TN: Shooting may have been Self Defense

A shooting on Post Oak Valley Road that sent one man to the hospital may have been a case of self defense.

“You have a right to protect yourself in your home,” Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said.
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Followup OK: Two Shooters that stopped Rampage Shooting were Justified

The two armed civilians who fired upon the Louie's shooter were justified in their actions and very likely saved lives, Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater has decided.

The DA notified Bryan Whittle and Juan Carlos Nazario of his decision Friday in emotional phone calls.

The gunman, Alexander C. Tilghman, had fired toward the entrance of the Louie's Grill & Bar at Lake Hefner in Oklahoma City the evening of May 24. The civilians confronted him a short distance away.

Tilghman was killed after firing again during the confrontation.

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WA: Armed Woman Shoots Intruder who would not stop

PARKLAND, Wash. - A Pierce County woman called 911 at 3:15 Saturday morning to report that she had just shot an unknown intruder in her home, located on 118th Street South in Parkland, Washington. Parkland is located in Pierce County, about 40 miles south of Seattle.

The woman told dispatchers she was holding the suspect at gunpoint and "said she was unable to let the deputies inside her home because the injured suspect was laying against her front door," the Pierce County Sheriff's Department said in a news release.
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Off Duty Security Guard found Not Guilty after 1.5 Years in Jail

On 16 November, 2016, an off duty security guard, Melvin Stephens, shot and killed a man who charged at him up a stairs at his apartment complex. The incident occurred in Austin, Texas. The two had been in a confrontation earlier. The man killed, Dedric Earl, had a scissors that was discovered at the scene. Stephens called 911 to report the shooting.

Stephens was arrested and jailed because of statements he made to police. Bail was set at $125,000. It was more than Stephens could raise or afford. He spent over one and a half years in jail, from November, 2016, to June, 2018. From

Defense lawyer asked for testing of bloody scissors found in area of shooting.

Stephens, 49, had no criminal history when he fatally shot Dedrick Earl in November 2016.

A man who fatally shot a man armed with scissors was acquitted of murder and got to go home Friday after a year and a half behind bars.

After deliberating for three hours Thursday, the Travis County jury weighing Melvin Stephens’ self-defense claim needed just 15 minutes Friday morning to return the not-guilty verdict.

“Really happy for Melvin,” his lawyer Robb Shepherd said. “He gets to go home to his family.”

The defense overcame a police interview shown on video to the jury in which Stephens, 49, told investigators he regretted shooting Dedrick Earl and that he “didn’t have to” do it. The two had been feuding at a North Austin apartment complex after Earl and another man vandalized Stephens’ Ford Taurus with ashes from a burned magazine.

But from the witness stand, Stephens testified that he had reconsidered the November 2016 incident and realized his life was in danger when Earl, 22, sprinted up a flight of steps as Stephens was retreating to his home.
The case illustrates the pitfalls of giving a statement to police. It may be helpful to point out evidence that might be missed, such as the scissors. But making a statement without the aid of counsel is a perilous endeavor.

The vast majority of U.S. citizens do not wish to take a life. In the immediate aftermath of a shooting, they may state, as did Stephens, that they regret it had happened, and they are sorry it did. Statements such as that can be used against a defender in the courts. They often are.

Telling the police that you wish to cooperate, but that you have been told not to give a statement until you have counsel, is appropriate. Melvin Stephens spent a year and a half in jail. It did not have to be that way.

The case shows the problem of the time lag from arrest to prosecution to a final verdict in a court of law. The incident would initially have been coded as a murder, because of the arrest. It is unlikely that the FBI statistics for 2016 will be changed, and flip from the murder column to the justified homicide column.

The Gun Violence Archives lists only incidents involving guns, and only incidents that can be verified by police and/or media reports. This biases the data base because it eliminates near all defensive gun uses, which are seldom reported or considered newsworthy.

The Archives includes suicides committed with a firearm as "gun violence".  Gun violence is a propaganda term because it focuses attention on the instrument instead of the perpetrator, assuming the instrument is the most important part of the incident. Cultural norms, the number of police, the perpetrator's criminal history, and several other variables are more important in predicting homicide, crime, and suicide than is the instrument used.

In spite of the inherent biases of the Gun Violence Archive,  when a jury finds that a shooter was justified, that should be characterized as a defensive gun use.

In the Stephens case, The Gun Violence Archives lists the incident as either murder, accident or suicide. They add in the notes that Melvin Stephens was ruled not guilty. But the shooting is not classified as a defensive gun use.  From the
Incident Characteristics 

Shot - Dead (murder, accidental, suicide)


1 killed. suspect init arrest, found not guilty of murder charge
Perhaps it is early, and the Archives will change the classification of the event.

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Thursday, June 21, 2018

WA: Armed Samaritan who Saved Lives was a Pastor

An armed civilian is credited with saving several lives when he stopped a man firing shots at a Walmart in Washington Sunday.

The Tumwater Police Department identified the deceased gunman Monday as Tim O. Day, 44, of McCleary, Wash. He shot two people and tried carjacking six people. Day also fired shots inside the Walmart, but did not hit anyone inside the store.

A man who would rather not be identified stopped the crime spree when he shot and killed Day. Police say the 47-year-old man is from Oakville, Washington. He is a pastor, volunteer firefighter, and medic.
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Tennessee Law to Exempt County Commissioners from Gun Law takes effect on July 1

Knoxville City-County Building

On July 1, 2018, HB 1939, now Pu.. Ch. 880, will go into effect. The law creates a special exemption for county commissioners so they may legally exercise their Second Amendment rights in public buildings that contain courthouses. From
A new Tennessee state law will go into effect at the beginning of July that will allow county commissioners to bring their handguns into buildings where meetings are held.

Anderson County Commissioner Steven Mead is one commissioner saying he looks forward to July 1.

"I won't have to leave my gun out where it can be stolen in my car," he said.

In fact, Mead helped write the new legislation. He began lobbying the legislature after an existing law was changed. It resulted in a ban on any guns in buildings with active courthouses.

The bill was written in response to  HB 0508 (SB0445).  The bill went into effect as law in Tennessee on July 1, 2017. That law, now Pub. Ch 467, eliminated many gun free zones in Tennessee, but made buildings containing courthouses into gun free zones.

The previous state law only banned guns in courtrooms that were in use. But the law allowed local governments to ban guns in buildings. Many buildings where there were courthouses were already gun free zones.

Passage of HB 0508 was a compromise for Second Amendment supporters. More gun free zones were eliminated than were created. There was no exception in the law for lawmakers or other public employees, except for law enforcement officers.

Many buildings that contain courtrooms also contain numerous other facilities. The often contain county clerks offices, county assessors officers, motor vehicle licensing facilities, and others.

Commissioner Mead's concerns about guns in cars being stolen apply equally to all legal gun carriers that have business to be carried out in a building that happens to have a courtroom in it.

The legislature was able to act in a timely fashion to grant special privilege to county commissioners. 

HB 1939 was introduced January 29, 2018.

The bill was assigned to Civil Justice Committee on  January 31.

HB 1939 passed the committee on March 22, 2018.

The bill was passed by the House, 71-17, with 2 not voting, on April , 2018.

HB 1939 was passed by the Senate on April 18, 2018, 27 to 1.

It was signed into law by Governor on April 26, 2018.

HB 1939 goes into effect on 1 July, 2018.

The bill only grants the exercise of Second Amendment rights to County Commissioners, not to city officials. Mayors are out of luck. From HB 1939
As enacted, allows county commissioner in the actual discharge of the commissioner's duties who has a valid handgun carry permit to carry in buildings in which county commission meetings are held, but not in room in which judicial proceeding in progress; not applicable to member of legislative body of metropolitan government. - Amends TCA Title 39, Chapter 17, Part 13.
This is another case of special privilege for certain government officials. Second Amendment supporters in Tennessee will likely use it as a springboard to reform Pub. Ch. 467's ban on carrying in buildings containing a courtroom. The obvious reform would change that part of state law back to make only courtrooms in actual use gun free zones, not entire county administrative buildings.

The arguments used by County Commissioners apply equally to all who can legally carry concealed weapons.

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OK: Couple Confront Intruder, Shoot Suspect as He moves Toward them

However, she decided to give the gun to her military-trained husband, and the two confronted Allery together in the kitchen. They were determined not to be victims and to defend their home.

They said they told him to lay down but he refused. The woman called police and, on the 911 call, both can be heard ordering him to lay down.
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CA: Busines Owner Shoots Burglary Suspect

A man who broke into a Temple City business early Monday was shot and wounded by the owner, authorities said.

Sheriff’s Lt. Tom McNeil said the injured suspect was expected to survive.
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Followup OR: Robert Gates found Justified in Shooting of Christopher Nolan

BEND, Ore. (AP) — A heavy equipment operator was legally justified when he shot and wounded a knife-wielding man last month outside an Oregon hotel, a prosecutor said Monday.
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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

OK: Payne County Employees can Exercise Second Amendment Rights

The Payne County Oklahoma Budget Board voted to restore county employee's Second Amendment rights on May 14, 2018. Oklahoma requires a state issued carry permit to carry a handgun outside the home, except for certain, limited exceptions.

The Payne County Budget Board made clear that county employees can exercise Second Amendment rights inside of county buildings, if they have  a valid carry permit and sign a waiver. The waiver states they understand some limitations, and they are not to draw the firearm except in valid defense of self or others. From
Reding said the Budget Board, a body consisting of all elected county officers, voted during its May 14 meeting to implement the gun policy along with language for a waiver that employees who want to carry a gun while on the job must sign.

The forms would be turned in to the employee’s supervisor but, it hasn’t been determined where they will be stored, he said.

The document, which was provided to the News Press by Reding’s office, says employees understand that carrying or discharging a firearm is not part of their job, that any employee who removes a weapon from a holster except for the act of self-defense shall be considered for termination, agrees that firearms safety is to be observed at all times and states that employees understand they are not allowed to carry firearms into the courthouse or any other buildings specifically prohibited by law.
A particularly interesting part of the waiver is an instruction to county employees that if they are involved in an act of self-defense, they will not make a statement until they have been advised by an attorney. They will be required to participate in drills.
Employees could be required to participate in drills and must provide a copy of their current, valid handgun license and a copy of each renewal within 30 days of renewing.

They must agree not to make a statement until they have been advised by an attorney in the event they are involved in an “an act of self-defense.”
Not making a statement to police until you have an attorney is classic advise from self defense trainers and lawyers. It is significant that such action is now required by a county government in Oklahoma.

Another Oklahoma County restored Second Amendment rights to employees in Logan County in 2015.

A trend moving across the U.S.A. to restore rights that were infringed with personnel policies in local and state governments. Government worker should not be required to give up fundamental Constitutional rights. There are some exceptions. Prison guards should not, generally, carry guns among the prison population.

Bowling Green in Kentucky restored the ability to exercise Second Amendment rights to public employees at work, in 2018.  Georgia and Virginia counties restored the right to be armed to employees in 2016.  Local government employees have had rights restored in Kansas, North Carolina, Michigan, and Texas.

 Oklahoma has been restoring Second Amendment since the passage of the shall issue carry permit bill in 1995. In 2018, the legislature voted overwhelmingly to make Oklahoma a Constitutional Carry state. Governor Mary Fallin vetoed the legislation after the legislature adjourned.

I expect Constitutional Carry will become law in Oklahoma in the next few years.

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GA: Armed Homeowner Fires to get Police attention in Suspect Chase

Coryell said he was armed and did what he could to get the suspect to stop. Police were everywhere.

"That was one of the reasons I fired. I don't want to shoot somebody, first of all. So, I shot into the ground, and I shot the second time knowing that police are going to hear this, and sure enough, that's when they all came to that area," Coryell said.

Both suspects were ultimately caught, and now a community is slowly getting back to normal.
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IL: Permit Holder Scares off Home Invader

Someone kicked in the side door of a home at 8:11 a.m. in the 500 block of Berkeley Road in Riverside after ringing the doorbell and getting no response, according to a statement form Riverside police.

The homeowner, who has a valid concealed carry license, picked up his gun and yelled for the intruder to get out, police said. The homeowner and suspect never saw each other.
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TN: Armed Samaritan Saves Man and Pregnant Wife

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A man and his pregnant wife are safe thanks to the heroic actions of a good Samaritan who stepped in as they were being robbed.

It happened Sunday in the 1300 block of Walnut Hall at the Lynnfield Place Apartments.
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New Jersey AG Attacks Right to buy Gun Parts and Learn How to Make Guns

Guns have been made by individuals as long as there have been guns. In the United States, it has always been legal to own the means of production to make your own guns. It has always been legal to make your own. Hobbyists have been making firearms as long as the United States has existed.

The national war on the Second Amendment started in the 1930's. Passed in 1934, the National Firearms Act required a license to make some guns for commercial sale. To own short barreled rifles and shotguns, and guns that can fire more than one shot with each pull of the trigger, a federal tax stamp was required.

New Jersey is one of only six states that does not have a state constitutional amendment protecting the right to keep and bear arms. 

The state Attorney General, Gurbir Grewal demanded that unnamed companies stop selling "Ghost Guns" without serial numbers.  It is already illegal, under federal law, for a company to make and sell guns without a serial number. 

No company is legally selling "Ghost Guns" in New Jersey.

What is the AG talking about? 

Grewal is attacking the right to buy gun parts and to learn how to make guns. He is attacking both the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms, and the First Amendment right to freedom of the press and free speech. From
The governor's senior adviser for firearms, William Castner, said the ghost gun business would be "closed for business" in New Jersey.

Ghost guns are unregistered weapons that don't have serial numbers. Grewal said the firms sell the nearly complete weapons, often along with the parts needed to finish them, as well as training so the firearms can be completed.
When the federal government passed the federal gun control act of 1968, they had to define what a gun was.

A piece of metal is not a gun. A piece of wood is not a gun. A metal tube is not a gun. A spring is not a gun. Take enough pieces of metal and wood, work them into the proper shapes and sizes, put them together, and they can become a gun.

The federal law defines a gun as the part that other pieces are attached to, in order to make a functioning gun. That piece is called the receiver.  When a commercial manufacturer makes a receiver, they are required to put a serial number on it.

It would be insane to require a gun owner to have to undergo licensing every time they replaced a worn or broken part. A broken spring can be replaced. A worn out barrel can be replaced. But if a receiver has to be replaced, the new receiver has a new serial number.

Under federal law, a receiver less than 80% complete is not a gun.

AG Grewal is making public disarmament theater by threatening unnamed manufacturers, who do not make guns, with a lawsuit.

It is illegal for people to remove a serial number from a gun. Criminals can easily make a "Ghost Gun" by stealing an existing gun and grinding off, filing off, or drilling out, the serial number.  It is much, much more difficult to buy an unfinished piece of metal, do the required machining to make it into a receiver, and then buy the parts to add to the receiver to make a completed gun.

Criminals in other countries find it easy to make their own uncomplicated receivers and gun parts from scratch. One of the easiest repeaters to make, it the submachine gun. Homemade submachine guns are commonly made in Israel, the Philippines, Brazil, in crude workshops or at home. In first world countries with tight gun control, like Australia and Canada, the black market submachine guns are better finished and of higher quality.

The more people know about guns and gun laws, the less they are susceptible to the propaganda exhibited by AG Grewal. Gurbir Grewal is a Sikh, not a Muslim or Hindu.  He was born in New Jersey of Indian immigrant parents. It is likely Grewal is ignorant about guns, himself, as he grew up in an extremely restrictive firearms environment. He has been an outspoken critic of President Trump, and has been pushing a number of "Progressive" policies in New Jersey.

Progressivism detests the concept of the Second Amendment in its bones.

Grewals lawsuit won't make anyone safer. It is an attack on Constitutional rights.

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PA: Daughter conveys gun to Father, who Shoots man pouring Gasoline Inside Home

A Schuylkill County man shot an intruder who poured gasoline on the floors of a North Manheim Township home Sunday evening, state police at Schuylkill Haven said.
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Followup NM: Deceased Home Invader Suspect Identified

Drobik said that Bentacu was shot as he tried to force his way into the apartment of an unidentified person. No charges are currently filed against the shooter.
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WA: Attempted Carjack, Two Armed Bystanders draw Weapons, Suspect Shot, Killed

A gunman injured a teen and shot a man in a pair of carjacking attempts Sunday, before being killed by a bystander outside a Washington state Walmart store.
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TN: Victim Accesses Handgun, Shoots Home Invader Armed with AK47 Clone

Palmer was said to have waved the gun around yelling threats at the three victims.

Police said one victim attempted to call police, but Palmer took the phone away from her and started strangling her.

Another victim ran to a bedroom, got a handgun, and shot Palmer to protect herself and the other two victims.
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Monday, June 18, 2018

Wyoming: Another Successful Handgun Defense against a Grizzly

Image by Troy Nemitz

On May 31, 2018, about two o'clock in the afternoon, 23-year-old Noah Kolis was guiding three friends from Chicago. They started at his boyhood home near Cora, Wyoming. His dog, a Chesapeake-Lab mix, was with them. They were heading to some rock formations. Noah was carrying his 460V Smith & Wesson revolver. Two other men in the party were carrying bear spray. 

The two men with bear spray had fallen 50 yards behind. The dog alerted on something. Noah thought it was some sort of big animal. Then he saw the bears, a grizzly sow and cubs, uphill. He yelled at the dog, but it was too late. The dog came running back. The sow grizzly charged, moving extremely fast. His friend from Chicago bolted back down the trail.  Noah had his revolver out, as the bear came to a stop, just a dozen feet away. From
“I was just thinking, ‘Don’t make me do this, don’t make me do this,’” Kolis said.

As he scanned the ground where the grizzly stood on all fours about a dozen feet away, the sight of the claws spurred the thought “Those will kill you.” His gut told him a second charge could be imminent. Adrenaline pumping, “my mind was quiet,” he said, as he then calmly pulled the trigger on his Smith & Wesson Model 460V revolver. The bullet struck the stationary bear in the cheek, and she fell.

Potential harm to himself averted, Kolis started “cursing up a storm,” mad at the situation and himself, as the bloodied bruin rolled down a steep hillside in the Bridger-Teton National Forest’s Boulder Basin. He shot at least three more times to end the sow’s misery, knowing the gravity of what had just happened.

“With the pull of my finger,” he said, “I just killed three bears.”
Smith & Wesson 460V revolver

The Wyoming Game and Fish department investigated the shooting. They found it to be justified self defense. From
“The dog saw the bear, the bear came after the dog, the dog ran back to the people,” he related.

The grizzly charged “head on” toward one man who was legally carrying a handgun and shot it several times as it ran to 10 feet in front of him.

“It happened really quickly,” Lund said.

One hiker carrying bear spray had it ready but couldn’t spray the bear because the other man was in front of him.
The sow had been involved in conflicts with people before.  Cora Wyoming is inside the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE). Grizzly bears in the GYE have a bad record of being dangerous to humans. In 2017, over five percent of the grizzly bears in the GYE were either shot and killed in self defense, or killed by government officials after being shown to be an serious threat to people and their property.  In 2017, that was 35 bears out of a population of about 690.

The bear was wearing a collar. The collar showed the bear had been trapped and collared after conflicts in the Upper Green River area. The sow had two cubs with her. There is a good chance the cubs will not survive through the winter. Bear cubs have a high mortality rate. They are often killed and eaten by adult boar grizzlys.

The 460 S&W magnum is one of the most powerful pistol cartridges chambered in a revolver. This case illustrates how effective it can be at stopping a grizzly bear.  Handguns have stopped bear attacks 97% of the time in the cases that have been documented. All cases that involved pistols being used to defend against bears, that could be found, were included.

Bear spray might have worked. It can be effective.  In the studies most cited to recommend bear spray, the researchers refuse to release their data. Numerous flaws have been found in the methodology. The primary flaw seems to be in the selection of what cases to include in the data base. Most of the cases involving bear spray were with non-aggressive bears. In a study of firearm effectiveness by the same authors, most of the cases involved aggressive bears.

In this case, the bear had stopped only a dozen feet away. The situation was extremely dangerous. 23-year-old Noah Kolis my not be a big game hunter. He said the biggest thing he had killed previously was a rabbit he had hit with his car. He was calm in the face of a deadly threat. Others have said a magnum revolver in the hand calmed them enormously. From The Longest Minute-Terrifying Bear Attack:
  As I pulled the revolver out, a sudden calm came over me, and I knew everything would be fine.
Noah kept his cool and did what he had to do. He protected himself and his friends.

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FL: Home Invaders Driven off by Armed Father

The victim wouldn't go on camera but tells Fox 4 the men had guns when they broke into his home, punched him in the eye and stole nearly $1500.

He explains his dad grabbed his own gun after the burglars threatened to kill him and was able to shoot them off. He says the men ran out the front door and drove away. They immediately called police.
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ID: Neighbor Assaults Neighbor, gets Shot

Police said they arrested Bryan Huff, 29, of Pocatello, after he was released from Portneuf Medical Center early Sunday morning. Huff was treated at PMC for the gunshot wound to the arm he received in the 1000 block of West Clark Street during a dispute with a neighbor around 9:40 p.m. Saturday.

Huff has been booked into Bannock County Jail on a charge of felony aggravated battery for allegedly running at his neighbor while armed with a steel pipe in the neighbor's yard, police said.
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GA: Gunfight, Armed Victim Shoots 2 Suspects

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. - Crime scene tape remained up late into the night Friday at the scene of a shopping center shooting.

Three would-be robbers are in the hospital after the couple they targeted pulled a gun and fought back.

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Sunday, June 17, 2018

Second Amendment Fight Protects More than Guns

People who talk and write about the Second Amendment focus on firearms. There is nothing wrong with that. Some people go off into the weeds on nuclear weapons, but the cost of obtaining one for non-state actors is prohibitive and covered in minute detail by thousands of pages of regulations.

Consider the other end of the spectrum. That end is clearly covered by the Second Amendment.

Consider how much protection the Second Amendment gives to items other than firearms. Items which are used and carried every day by tens, perhaps hundreds of millions of Americans.

This was driven home to me in the months I spent in Australia. The Australian right to arms, which should have come with the Australian Constitution, has been destroyed. It was driven into oblivion by the willingness of the Australian courts to follow the British lead and simply ignore it.

In Australia, the only item in the picture which can be carried without tacit police approval, is the pen, included for scale. A knife dealer assured me that no police official would prosecute me for carrying the Swiss army knife.  I was *not* allowed to carry it into a pub (bar). I could carry it most other places because I was obviously not a shady character, as long as I uttered the magic words that gave a reasonable reason to carry it (food preparation, farm work). That emphatically did *not* include self defense.

The Choat ice scraper was right out; reading the law, it appeared to fit the very broad Australian definition of a prohibited weapon. So are sling shots and cross bows. I probably could have gotten by carrying the Cold Steel with its 5.4 inch blade... but I did not want to risk it. This is how lives are penned in and circumscribed by the regulatory nanny state.

In America, because of incremental restoration of Second Amendment rights, things are different.

We have been in a cultural and legal war to restore Second Amendment rights for over 50 years. We were in a holding action for the previous 40. Progressivism detests the idea of the Second Amendment in its very essence. During the last 30 years, we have been winning the majority of the battles.

The focus has been on firearms. That focus has taken much of the regulatory steam out of attempts to destroy the right to carry items deemed of less lethality.

The Supreme Court ruled unanimously, that electric stun guns are covered by the Second Amendment, in the Caetano decision. Several cities and states have repealed or revised their ban on stun guns. Knife Rights has been wildly successful in repealing or reforming knife laws in numerous states. Typing this in Wisconsin, I have no worries about carrying my Cold Steel XL Voyager virtually everywhere. (It is a wonderful knife. I have used it for everything from a mini-machete to gutting deer, to removing splinters to slicing apples). I can carry it in Wisconsin without worries, because of the efforts of Knife Rights.

When legislators are focused on firearms, it is possible to craft and pass reforms to eliminate stupid knife bans.

I do not know of any state that bans the Choate ice scrapper. Maybe New Jersey, maybe New York City.  Knife reform law passed the legislature twice in New York State, very close to unanimously, but was vetoed by Governor Cuomo.

The American fight to restore the Second Amendment keeps those who wish Americans disarmed from focusing on knives, slingshots, ice scrappers, stun guns and walking sticks. As I read the law in Wisconsin, I may legally carry a sword cane or strap a sword to may belt and stroll through Milwaukee.

It is time consuming, frustrating, and expensive for people to keep fighting to restore the Second Amendment. It has been going on for decades. Doing so, Second Amendment supporters keep the fight focused on firearms, and away from "less lethal" items. That is worth a good deal.

As legislation is passed reforming knife law, and removing bans on other weapons, momentum is built for reforming gun law and restoring Second Amendment rights.  In England, a judge is calling for legislation to remove the point from English knives.

That view is derided with laughter in America. That derision occurs because the Second Amendment fight is focused on firearms, making concerns about knives mockable.

The fight to restore Second Amendment rights is far from over, but there are many positive secondary effects.

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NY: Legally Armed Man Shoots 1 of 4 Armed Robbery Suspects

Rochester Police said four men tried to rob the 40-year-old victim of his vehicle and property around 11:30 p.m. Investigators said one of the suspects was armed and threatened the victim.

The victim shot the suspect at least once in the upper body with a legally registered handgun. The injured suspect is in serious but stable condition at Strong Memorial Hospital.
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Followup In: Guard Justified in Strip Club Shooting

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - Prosecutors say they will not file charges against a security guard involved in a deadly shooting outside a strip club.

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OH: Neighbor Shoots Axe-Weilding man who Attacked Woman

An ax-wielding man attacking a woman inside a pickup truck was shot and killed by a neighbor who intervened in a suspected South Toledo domestic dispute, police said.

Lt. Kevan Toney said the shooter told police he saw the man strike a woman with an ax or hatchet inside a vehicle shortly after noon Wednesday on Nelson Avenue, just east of Lodge Avenue. The neighbor intervened and shot the man, identified as Bernard Neyland, 59, of Toledo.
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Saturday, June 16, 2018

Evanston Gun Turn In Nets 32 guns

The Evanston, Illinois Police Department held a gun turn in on 9 June, 2018. They offered $100 for any gun turned in. People turning in guns had to identify themselves as from a limited geographical area. They had to be residents of Skokie, Evanston, or the North side of Chicago.

It is interesting to note that ID has to be used to turn in guns to the police, but must be forbidden in order to vote.

The requirement for I.D. was likely caused by Second Amendment entrepreneurs who use these events to dump old, cheap, guns.

The advertisement for the event says there will be no arrests; that it is an amnesty event. 

The guns were supposed to be functional. Some amount, to be determined at the gun turn in, would be paid for ammunition and magazines. 32 firearms were turned in for $100 each. There were 6 long guns, and 26 handguns. From
EVANSTON, IL — Police announced 32 guns were brought in to a gun buyback event Saturday at Christ Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Evanston. The buyback brought in 26 handguns and six long guns at $100 apiece. The unwanted firearms are not longer at risk of misuse or entering the criminal market, police said.

Police thanked all the citizens who turned in their guns and said community cooperation made the event a success. The $3,200 in cash that funded the event was provided by an anonymous donor. The buyback was organized by the Evanston P.D.'s Problem Solving Team, according to a release.
The long guns had a couple of collectible items. There appears to be a WWII M1 carbine. Carbines, if they are original, command a good price. Even aftermarket carbines are worth hundreds of dollars. A Winchester Model 1907 is just above the Carbine. They were chambered for the .351 Winchester round, which is expensive and difficult to come by.  The rifles go for about $600-$900.

It is harder to ID most of the handguns. Several are inexpensive semi-autos. I suspect one of the semi-autos is an Iver Johnson or Erma TP-22. Two look to be the ubiquitous, but reliable, Raven .25.  I see a Beretta pocket top break semi-auto. There appears to be a couple of Smith & Wesson revolvers, but they might be Spanish clones. Taurus or Rossi Revolvers have a similar appearance. An later model H&R is represented just above the single shot shotgun folding shotgun.

One intriguing turn in looks like a Webley top break that was nickel plated, with a 2 inch barrel.  There are a three other older top break revolvers, along with a North American Arms mini revolver.

There is one shotgun with a sawed off barrel, wrapped in something like duct tape.  Those generally require an NFA tax stamp to own legally.

It is unlikely that any of these collectible and inexpensive guns would ever be used in a crime. Even leftist academics agree with that. From  Freakonomics
When it comes to gun buybacks, both the theory and the data could not be clearer in showing that they don’t work. The only guns that get turned in are ones that people put little value on anyway. There is no impact on crime. On the positive side, the “cash for clunkers” program is more attractive than the gun buyback program because, as long as they are being driven, old cars pollute, whereas old guns just sit there.
It is not unusual. Academic studies are in agreement that gun “buybacks” do not reduce crime; that police resources used for them could be better spent elsewhere.

The major purpose of these events seem to be to send the propaganda message: Guns bad, turn them in to the police!

I did not see evidence of private buyers at this event. If any showed up, please let us know about it.

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DE: Burglary Suspect shot, Killed by Homeowner

PIKE CREEK, Del. (WPVI) -- Police in Delaware say a burglary suspect who was shot after illegally entering a home has died.

The suspect has been identified as 20-year-old Elijah Gordy-Stith.

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FL: Would be Carjacker Stopped by two Firearm Carriers

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (WSVN) — Police say a man who tried to carjack two people was thwarted after the victims both pulled out guns to protect themselves.

According to Fox 30, Jacksonville police officers arrested 36-year-old Christopher Raymond Hill, charging him with strong-arm robbery, carjacking with firearm or deadly weapon, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and trespassing.
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TX: Assailant Shot and Killed, no charges as Police Investigate

When Lopez went back into the home, he allegedly threatened the shooter and pointed his gun at him. The shooter pulled out his own gun and shot Lopez, who was pronounced dead by paramedics shortly after they arrived to the home, authorities said.
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TSA Pistols Discovered in Carry-ons 28 May-June 3rd 2018

During the week of 28 May to June 3rd, 2018, the TSA discovered 97 pistols in carry-ons at airports where security is controlled by the TSA. The collage of pistols shown above is a sample of those found.

TSA gives a list of the pistols found. The list shows the make, model and caliber of most of the pistols. There were 93 pistols where the caliber was identified.

9 mm pistols were still the most common, with 36 represented. .380 pistols, known in Europe as 9X17, 9 mm Kurtz, or 9 mm Corto,  were the next represented, with 24 present. That is 70 pistols, or 75% of the pistols found. There were a smattering of other calibers. There were 8 .40 caliber pistols, 7 .22 LR rimfire, 6 .45 caliber, 5 .32 caliber, 4 .38 caliber, 1 .410, and 1 .22 magnum.

Most of the pistols were semi-autos, there were a few revolvers, and three derringers.

My vote for the most unusual goes to the Taurus Judge discovered at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL). The Judge has been a tremendous success. It shoots both .410 shotshells and .45 Colt cartridges interchangeably. With about two million people with concealed carry permits in Florida, it is not unusual that an occasion traveler makes a mistake, and walks into the security screening with a forgotten pistol.

How does this happen? It is the principle of rare occurrences. While an event may be extremely rare for each individual, if enough individuals are involved, the occurrence of rare events becomes a statistical certainty. About 4,000 pistols were discovered in carry-on luggage in 2017. There were about 770 million travelers passing through TSA checkpoints in that year. That is one pistol found for about 194,000 passengers. Each passenger presumably went through TSA checkpoints at least twice, once going, once returning. Some passengers go through multiple checkpoints, depending on the route taken.

Let us use the 194,000 figure for simplicity. A person would have to go on a trip every day for 531 years, and only miss a pistol in their luggage *once* to match that percentage.

I believe it happens in ways most people do not consider, because they are *rare*. One way is to be distracted at a critical moment. Perhaps a business owner has made the decision to move a pistol from his briefcase to his locked desk. A child runs into the room and screams the family dog is in a fight in the front yard!

The business owner responds, but his mind has already registered the placement of the pistol in the desk.The minor emergency is taken care of, but he has to rush to make his flight. The pistol remains in the briefcase, and is discovered by the TSA.

Sound weird? It only has to happen once in 531 years of taking a trip every day.

The quality of the pistols found suggest most were taken from people who can legally carry them in most places. There are over 17 million people with carry permits in the United States. There are 13 states where no carry permit is required.

No one is perfect. Everyone makes mistakes. It is part of the human condition. I learned long ago to know that I have limitations and am not perfect. Some people come close, but no one is.

Another rare scenario is for a third party to put the pistol in the carry-on without the carrier knowing about it. In at least one case, this was done to a school student, maliciously. In that case, it was put in a teens' backpack, and an anonymous tip made to a school. It probably happens most often without malicious intent.

Some occur because the traveler borrowed a piece of carry-on luggage, and missed a small pistol tucked into a dark recess of the luggage, where another family member kept it.

I wrote about how I carried a full box of .22 ammunition on a flight without intending to. Fortunately, it was not detected by the TSA before I found it. Many have taken guns and knives without being discovered.

I suspect that most pistols are discovered precisely because the carriers are not attempting to smuggle them.

Most of these errors are recognized as honest mistakes by the TSA. The TSA is not the end of the legal problems for a person who finds themselves in this situation. The biggest players are the states.  How the situation is handled depends on where the situation occurs.
When traveling, check your carry-on twice. If you discover you have made a mistake, correct it.

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Friday, June 15, 2018

TX: Patterson Reports on Governor Abbot's Gun Control Proposals

Governor Gregg Abbott has been a friend to Second Amendment supporters in Texas. After the tragic shooting at the Santa Fe High School, he held several meetings to come up with suggestions to improve school safety. In the Longview News-Journal, former Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson writes that these firearm related measures are what Governor Abbot will send to the legislature as part of his plan. Patterson contends that none of these measures will infringe on Second Amendment rights. From Longview
■ 1. Closing reporting gaps for federal background checks by creating a case management system for Texas judges.

■ 2. Encouraging the Legislature to carefully study the possible creation of a “red flag” law to permit the removal of firearms from a potentially dangerous person — only after legal due process is provided, and on a temporary basis.

■ 3. Requiring the courts to report within 48 hours any judgment, protective order or family violence conviction affecting the right to legally purchase and possess firearms.

■ 4. Strengthening the state’s existing safe firearm storage law by changing the definition of “child” to include 17-year-olds, clarifying that secure storage of a loaded or unloaded firearm around children is required, and increasing the penalty level from a Class A misdemeanor to a 3rd-degree felony when access results in death or serious bodily injury.

■ 5. Promoting the voluntary use of devices to secure firearms.

■ 6. Requiring gun owners to report within 10 days when their firearms are lost or stolen to aid law enforcement.
As Patterson notes, you have to see the actual wording of legislation to critically assess its impacts. Nonetheless, there are areas that raise serious concerns about the aboe propositions. Some of those concerns:

1. Closing reporting gaps for federal background checks by creating a case management system for Texas judges.

Much depends on the details here. The entire background check system needs to be reformed from the current presumption of guilt to a presumption of innocence. Instead of a person attempting to prove that they are allowed to have access to firearms, the presumption should be they have the right to access unless they have been adjudicated as a "prohibited person". If the "closing gaps" language is only to make sure that adjudicated prohibited possessors are added to the system, it would not add further infringements.

2. Encouraging the Legislature to carefully study the possible creation of a “red flag” law to permit the removal of firearms from a potentially dangerous person — only after legal due process is provided, and on a temporary basis.

Due process and temporary are key here. "Red flag" laws hold serious potential for abuse of Second Amendment rights. As this is only an "encouragement to study", it likely does little harm.

 3. Requiring the courts to report within 48 hours any judgment, protective order or family violence conviction affecting the right to legally purchase and possess firearms.

 This probably does little harm. It works to insure faster responses to existing "prohibited person" law. The problem is the increasing, incremental addition of more prohibited person categories.

4. Strengthening the state’s existing safe firearm storage law by changing the definition of “child” to include 17-year-olds, clarifying that secure storage of a loaded or unloaded firearm around children is required, and increasing the penalty level from a Class A misdemeanor to a 3rd-degree felony when access results in death or serious bodily injury.

This is a very dangerous infringement. It forms part of the an incremental scheme to have the state in control of firearms ownership. The vast majority of teenagers have shown themselves to be fully responsible in their handling of firearms.  Gun storage laws have been shown to be ineffective in reducing accidents with children, and are associated with an increase in crime. They demonize gun owners with the presumption that teens cannot be trusted with access to guns in the home. There are numerous cases where teens accessed guns in the home and successfully used them for self defense. This part of the plan would make those self defense acts into criminal acts.

5. Promoting the voluntary use of devices to secure firearms.

Relatively harmless, as long as it remains "voluntary". But "voluntary" actions , when sanctioned by the state, tend to become mandatory.

 6. Requiring gun owners to report within 10 days when their firearms are lost or stolen to aid law enforcement.

The idea that the victim of a theft would be further victimized by the requirement to report to the police after their property is stolen, is anathema to the rule of law. Moreover, it only "works" with extensive firearm registration data. It significantly chills the exercise of Second Amendment rights by increasing the risk of criminal prosecution for gun ownership. The entire concept of gun tracing does nothing to control crime.  Its purpose seems to be to victimize the original owner, and to aid in state control over gun owners. Recovering stolen guns uses a different data base (NCIC) than that used to trace gun ownership (BATFE).

Any moves toward a gun registration system are significant threats to Second Amendment rights. As seen in California, setting up a registration system is very useful for the state to implement incremental gun confiscation.

Property owners, including gun owners, should never be held responsible for what happens when their property is used without their consent or control.  A mandatory reporting system shifts the burden of proof to gun owners, to prove their property was not in their control.  It is a heavy burden that chills the exercise of Second Amendment rights.

Governor Abbott has been a Second Amendment supporter. These proposals contain several problem areas that need to be addressed. Several of the proposals imply that gun ownership and the Second Amendment are the problem instead of the solution. That needs to be changed.

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NV: Las Vegas Homeowner Shoots, Kills Intruder

A central valley homeowner shot and killed an intruder Wednesday morning, Las Vegas police said.
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MS: Gunfight, Armed Clerk Shoots, Kills Armed Robbery Suspect

MCCOMB, Miss. —

A suspected robber was killed Monday after exchanging gunfire with a store clerk, McComb police said.

The robbery was reported about 9:40 p.m. at the Bigner's gas station on Presley Boulevard in McComb, police said.
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KY: Armed Homeowner Holds Tresspasser for Police

LONDON, Ky. (WKYT) - A man armed with a baseball bat was met by a gun-wielding homeowner this morning as he tried to break into a home, according to authorities.

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Thursday, June 14, 2018

I Ain't Never Shot me a Horse Before

Roy Eykamp about 16 years old, 1933
Rifle appears to be a Springfield 86

Early this year, I attended the birthday party for 100 year old Roy Eykamp, in New South Wales, Australia.

Roy Eykamp, when he was young, learned that practical jokes can have lasting effects.

On the Eykamp farm near Quirindi, New South Wales, 100 year old Roy told me about his life experiences. On the family farm where he was raised in South Dakota, they were using horses during the depression. He was about 15 at the time  (1932). One of the last horses was getting very old and sick. He needed help to get to his feet. The horse had to be put down.

Roy was already an accomplished shot at 15. His father was a bit sentimental. The horse had given long and faithful service. The horse was suffering. Roy's father, Will, asked Roy to shoot the horse for him. Roy's father handed Roy his brother's (Roy's uncle) Winchester lever action .25-20. Roy had shot the rifle before.

Roy went out in the pasture to shoot the horse.

As Roy got close to the horse, a car came down the county road that went through the farm. On the other side of the dirt road was a slough that was not mowed. It was fall, and the slough was a good place to hunt pheasants.

The car was not local. It stopped and the driver rolled down the window. The driver asked Roy if they could hunt pheasants in the slough across the road.

Roy said no, they could not. They saved those pheasants for their own hunting.

Then Roy conceived his practical joke.

Dropping one corner of his mouth to appear as imbecilic as possible, closing his eyes a slight amount, and slurring his words a little, speaking slowly and deliberately, he said:

"I ain't never shot a horse before. I think I'll shoot me a horse."

The .25-20 came up to his shoulder. The horse was only 20 feet away. Roy knew exactly where to aim on the horses head for an instant death.

Bang! The horse fell dead.

Roy said the wheels on the strange car never stopped spinning in the gravel until a quarter mile down the road.

20 years later, Roy was hunting wolves from the air for bounty in Canada. Roy did not raise animals on his farm in South Dakota, so he had time to go to Canada in the winter, and hunt wolves. Harley Rauch, the South Dakota aviator, was the pilot. Rauch had pioneered the concept.  About 1953, Harley asked Roy to be his shooter. In Canada, a wealthy sportsman from Chicago was giving a banquet in the area, and all American hunters were invited.

Roy decided to attend the banquet. During the proceedings, one of the Chicago hunters stood up and told the story about how they had been asking to hunt pheasants in South Dakota, 20 years earlier. Some imbecilic farm boy shot a horse, right in front of them, for no reason. They were lucky to escape with their lives.

Roy considered standing up and saying, "I was that farm boy".  He decided discretion was the better part of valor, and said nothing.

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LA: Gunfight, Homeowner and Intruder both Shot, Killed

The Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office is continuing its investigation into an incident in Denham Springs on Sunday morning (June 10) in which the homeowner and an intruder shot each other to death, according to numerous media reports.

The homeowner, Beaux Bailey, 36, and another man, identified as Ted Bourn, 37, of Tupelo, Miss., were found dead inside the house after authorities responded to a report of a home invasion.
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FL: Carjacker with Knive Stopped by Drivers with Guns

A man who robbed a Florida Walmart liquor store at knifepoint tried to get away by carjacking two people, but they both scared him off with guns they had in their vehicles, Jacksonville police said, according to a report by CBS-Fox 30.
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FL: Woman Shoots Intruder

OVIEDO, Fla. - A woman shot an intruder Monday afternoon in unincorporated Seminole County near the University of Central Florida, sheriff's officials said.

The shooting was reported around 1 p.m. in the 2000 block of Westbourne Drive near Oviedo.
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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Mountain Lion Attack Stopped by Man with Handgun ... in 2008

Family photo of P.J. Schalow and lion that attacked him

This attack from 2008 shows the utility of a handgun for defense against big predators. In this case, the mountain lion was found to have rabies. That accounted for its lethargic behavior. The lion ignored the adults in the group and went right for the children. P.J. Schalow was 10 years old at the time. The account in Today is the only one to identify the firearm used as a handgun. From
“You could see he was definitely sizing [P.J] up,” Smith said. “He put his paw on his shoulder. He put his mouth directly on top of his head, and I think if the head had been smaller, he’d have been picked up.”

Fortunately, another adult — P.J.’s uncle — in the party had brought a handgun along and had left it in a vehicle that was parked nearby. He ran to get the gun, and when the animal started to investigate whether P.J.’s head was bite-sized, Smith told him to shoot the animal, which he did with one extremely well-placed shot.
Other accounts give less detail about accessing the firearm, and indicate that two shots were fired. Notice that this account is second hand. The person speaking in the article is an Arizona wildlife biologist, Randy Babb. Babb was not present at the attack.  From in 2008:
Babb said the attack occurred while the boy and his family were taking a break from riding all-terrain vehicles. He said while the animal tried to bite Paul's head, it didn't actually do it, only slightly clawing the boy's back.

A member of the group shot the lion twice, killing it, Babb said. He didn't know what kind of weapon was used.
This account from the Camp Verde Bugle, also says there were two shots. Maybe the cat was shot twice. The uncle deserves commendation for shooting straight in a tense situation. From
Suddenly everyone was yelling at Paul "not to move" and the somewhat lethargic lion placed his jaw on the boy's head and put its paw on him.

The young boy said he could not feel the teeth because they were dull, but Paul did feel the scratches from the big paw. The lion did not attack further and the boy's uncle shot at the cat. The animal became a little "wobbly" and went to a tree then moved toward Paul again and it was shot a second time. The child was scratched by the cat's paw when the lion was spooked by gunfire.
The motivation for the scratches differ from account to account. This is the only one to attribute it to action taken after the sho.

Rabid animals can take considerable damage to stop. They do not respond the same way as animals that are healthy. Mountain lion attacks often allow the victims a bit of time to access weapons.  In this case, fortunately, the uncle had time to go to his vehicle and retrieve the handgun. The cougar was probably at the end of the "rage stage", where attacks on anything are common. The next stage results in paralysis.

We do not know what caliber, make or model the handgun was.  Mountain lions do not have a reputation for requiring powerful firearms to put them down.  When they were hunted with dogs in the 1950s and 60s, many were shot with .22 rimfire cartridges out of rifles and pistols.

There is an interesting compilation of mountain lion incidents and attacks titled: Cougar Attacks & Other Incidents -2000 to date. I found it on the Internet in a read only document. It has been updated through June of 2017. The compilation lists 61 mountain lion attacks that resulted in injuries in the 16 and a half years, and at least 31 cases where attacks were thwarted by aggressive action.
While mountain lion attacks are rare, it is because mountain lions are not common, and interactions between mountain lions and humans are uncommon.
In ordinary life, people are much more likely to be attacked by another person, than by a mountain lion.

But if you are hiking in territories inhabited by mountain lions, they are a serious danger, just as is lightning, drowning, and falling.

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DE: Homeowner Shoots Burglary Suspect

Police learned that a 20-year-old male suspect had unlawfully entered a residence in the 1100 block of Flint Hill Road while the family was inside. The homeowner located the suspect in a room of the residence at which time a gun shot was fired striking the male suspect.

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TX: Domestic Defense? Brother Shoots Brother who Threatened Mother

A man was killed by his own brother after he threatened to hit their mother with a sledgehammer at a home in Katy, police say.

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OH: Homeowner Shoots Through Door, Investigatioln Ongoing

The man eventually went to his vehicle and returned, continuing to threaten the residents.

The homeowner told police he believed that when the man had left, he had gone to retrieve a weapon, and that when he returned, the homeowner was armed with a .12-gauge shotgun, Davis said.

“He claimed the individual made furtive movements and he fired two shots, striking the individual in the pelvic area,” Davis said.
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Common Sense School Protection Going Nowhere in North Carolina

Several North Carolina legislators have introduced a common sense solution to increase protection for schools in North Carolina, The bill, HB 1039, also known as the School Self-Defense Act, has been introduced, but has not been voted out of committee.  It is in the Committee on Rules, Calender, and Operations of the House.

The premise of the bill is simple. Take responsible members of the school staff who already are permitted to carry concealed weapons in the rest of the community. Require them to obtain training in responding to an active shooter. Allow them to carry concealed in the school, to provide a discreet, immediate armed response to a deadly force situation in the school. From
"HB 1039, School Self-Defense Act, would have allowed this common sense, practical solution to be implemented in North Carolina," said Representative Larry Pittman (R) 82nd District, one of the bill's sponsors. "However, seeking to avoid controversy in an election year, our leadership has chosen not to allow this bill even to be heard in committee. This is a failure to act that I fear may one day cost lives that could have been saved."

House Bill 1039 authorizes some faculty or staff members to carry a handgun onto school grounds "to respond to acts of violence or an imminent threat of violence."

"I believe that there are many teachers who would want to be armed and want to be in a position to protect their children from any kind of a school shooter," said Jean Fitzsimmons, a retired teacher.

Under the bill, the person would need a valid concealed handgun permit and 16 hours of active shooter training. Plus, the school or governing body could opt out.
Polls have revealed about 20% of teachers favor having armed teachers capable of protecting the children in their schools. Many teachers have military and law enforcement experience.

People with concealed carry permits have already shown themselves to be extremely safe and responsible. Statistics on people who have concealed carry permits show that they are far less likely to commit crimes than police officers.
The bill simply removes many obstacles that have been put in place to make it difficult for teachers to provide protection for their students. It does not force any teachers to be armed, but provides a mechanism for those who wish to volunteer, to do so.  As the teachers are volunteers, additional expenses to the school are minimal.

Advantages of this approach are many. Students do not know who, or how many, teachers may be armed at any one time. Thus, it becomes difficult to plan a successful rampage shooting. Rampage shooters typically plan their event for months, sometimes over a year, in advance. Introducing the variable of one or more unknown armed individuals in the school makes the planning far more difficult. Knowing that the individuals are trained to deal with active shooters increases the difficulty.

There is evidence that increasing the difficulty can cause potential shooters to abandon the project or to seek other targets. The more time used, the more possibility the shooter will be discovered, discouraged, or simply mature out of a dangerous fixation on rampage shootings.

The standard response to increasing the numbers of armed defenders in schools is a simplistic slogan - "no guns in schools". The slogan makes no sense. The slogan might as well be "no guns in schools until too late!"

Requiring law enforcement to respond to an active shooter, from outside a school, has been shown to take too much time. Most active shooting incidents are over in five minutes.

Having a few volunteers who know how to use weapons, carry them concealed routinely, and who have had specialized training in reacting to active shooters, is simple, inexpensive, and effective on several levels.

The majority of teachers who do not wish to be armed would not be required to be armed. Those who have experience, the desire to protect, and the willingness to undergo some training, could do so.

Many teachers have already shown their willingness to engage active shooters when unarmed, often paying with their lives. Those teachers would have been much more effective if they had been allowed to be armed.

Having armed and known school police officers, who are unwilling to actually protect the students, was counterproductive in the Parkland shooting.

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

TSA Discovers Over 100 Pistols May 14-20 2018 in Carry-ons

The Transportation Security Agency (TSA) discovered 101 pistols in carry-on luggage at TSA covered airports in the United States during the week of 14-20 May, 2018.  The above collage of 27 pistols pictures are a sample of those found.

The characteristics of the pistols found included caliber, make, and model for most of the pistols.  Seven pistols did not have a caliber listed.

9mm pistols were the clear favorite, with 43 of the 94 pistols being in 9mm. Another 23 were in .380 caliber. 9x19 and 9x17 (to use the European designation, made up 66 of the 94 pistols found. There were 7 .45 caliber guns, 6 .38 revolvers, 6 .40 caliber pistols, 3 .357 magnums, 2 .22 LR, 2 .32 caliber Kel-Tec semi-autos (one with a crimson trace laser), 1 .22 magnum North American
Arms mini revolver, and 1 Glock 20 10mm.

My vote for the most unusual goes to the unloaded Colt Woodsman discovered at O'Hare International Airport (ORD).  Ernest Hemingway favored the Colt as a carry gun for the big city, because of its accuracy and ease of use. Maybe someone in Chicago was a fan.

The quality of the pistols found suggest most were taken from people who can legally carry them in most places. There are over 16 million people with carry permits in the United States, and there are 13 states where no carry permit is required.

While the number may be increasing, last year about 4,000 pistols were found in carry-on luggage. That may seem like a lot, until you realize it is one pistol found for every 194,000 passengers passing through the TSA checkpoints that year.

When you reach those numbers, you start getting into the rare, but bound to happen, category.

Everyone makes mistakes, no one is perfect. Given enough time and actions, everyone makes an error. An executive is interrupted by a family emergency, just as he has decided to remove the pistol from his briefcase, before a trip. His mind registers that he did, but he did not, and then gets rushed to catch his flight.

A helpful teen puts mothers pistol back in her purse, and forgets to tell her before she takes off to the airport.

There are many ways in which mistakes can be made. I found a full box of .22 ammunition once, inside a computer bag I took to a conference. The ammo did not come back with me.

While many find the idea of misplacing a pistol unbelievable, try doing something every day for 530 years, and never making a mistake. That is the ratio of error that one in 194,000 compares to. We do not know how many pistols go through without being detected.

Most of these errors are investigated and recognized for what they are: honest mistakes. Sometimes fines are imposed, sometimes not. Much depends on where the discovery occurs. In New York, there will be considerable trouble. In Alaska, more sanity is likely.

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