Saturday, February 23, 2019

Australian Police in Brighton Take Down Man for Walking with Minature Toy Rifle

On February 9th, 2019, Australian police officers swarmed a man walking along a busy, coastal, pedestrian walkway in Brighton, Australia. Police took down the man because of reports that he was armed with a rifle. 

In a video from 7 News Adelaide, you can see the toy gun next to a female officer's boot.  Use the tiles/bricks the officer is standing on for scale.

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The toy appears to be about a foot long, less than one/third scale. No reasonable person could mistake it for an actual, functioning rifle.

Brighton is an upscale, urban, coastal suburb of Melbourne, Australia, in the state of Victoria. 

It is illegal in Victoria to own a replica or imitation firearm without a firearms license.

The following information is from the Victorian police website. The last update is given as 18 May, 2018.  From

Differentiating between an imitation firearm, replica firearms and other firearm paraphernalia and toys

There are a wide variety of firearm-themed items available on the market aimed at children or firearm enthusiasts. Depending on the overall appearance and function of these items, some may be classified as a registrable firearm, a replica firearm or an imitation firearm. These require an authority to possess, carry or sell in the State of Victoria regardless of the intent of the manufacturer.

The information contained within this page and downloadable Quick Guide to Imitation, Toy & Other firearm paraphernalia has been published to assist you to recognise the distinguishing characteristics of an imitation firearm as opposed to a toy or other firearm paraphernalia to assist you to comply with Victorian laws in this area.

Generally, if an item cannot be mistaken for a working firearm by a reasonable person and does not have the function of a firearm, it will be treated as a toy firearm or other firearm-themed paraphernalia and can be owned without a licence or other authority.

However, items that have the appearance of a working firearm, even where they do not function as one, are classified as imitation firearms. As imitation firearms can cause public alarm, only people with a Chief Commissioner's Weapons Approval or Governor in Council Exemption can possess, carry or offer them for sale in the State of Victoria.

Replica firearms are not the same as imitation firearms. They are working copies of an original firearm and anyone in possession of a replica must register it and be the holder of the appropriate firearms licence.
Not surprisingly, 7 News Adelaide gets the legal definition wrong.   They reported it was not a rifle, but a replica. It is not a replica because it is too small and is not a working copy. It is not an imitation firearm, because it is too small.

The man was not arrested on a criminal charge. It was reported he was taken in for mental health evaluation.

A citizen opined to the 7 News Adelaide reporter that
The public doesn't know if it is real or not. They have to assume that it is real. 
I disagree. If you are so ignorant about a technical matter, you probably should not be calling the equivalent of 911 about it.

Firearms have been successfully demonized in urban Australia, indeed, in much of the world. The demonization has been so complete that citizens feel no one can be trusted walking in a public area with a toy gun.  Australian media railed about a slightly larger, obvious toy AK being carried by a child, in 2015.

A soldier, training for a military exercise, in uniform, was caught up in the hysteria in Australia for carrying a very crude mock-up of a rifle, that would be impossible for a reasonable person to mistake for a working firearm.

Much of the purpose is to make the private carry of firearms socially unacceptable.  Australian crime has been exceptionally low for decades, both before and after their extreme gun laws.

In the United States, because of the Second Amendment, we are moving in the other direction. Open carry is becoming more and more acceptable. It was ruled as a core part of the Second Amendment in the Ninth Circuit, although the case as been appealed to the full Ninth Circuit, en banc.

I fear Australian, as with the English and Canadians, have allowed their traditional right to arms to be slowly and successfully legally ignored into nothingness.

As a consolation, the police in Australia were uniformly polite and easy to deal with when I was there, in 2017 and 2018.

As a foreigner, I earnestly worked at not breaking any laws.

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GA: 79-Year-Old Woman uses Pistol to Hold off Home Invader

It was just after noon on Feb. 12 when the woman called 911, and shot at the 20-year-old suspect twice - while she was still on the phone with 911. She was able to fend him off until deputies arrived to arrest him.

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FL: Armed Neighbor Stops Teens from Stealing Rifle

Ten minutes later, when Jeff went outside to smoke a cigarette, the sketchy teenagers were holding a rifle.

Police said the rifle was stolen from the home next door. That is when Jeff said he dashed back inside his house and retrieved his pistol.

“I was just watching them the whole time with the gun,” Jeff said. “Then, he looked back right there to see if I still had my gun on him… and I’m like drop the gun or I’m gonna shoot you!”
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KY: Juvenile Shot as Group Attempts to Steal Car

The juveniles reportedly tried to steal a car, but the owner came out of his home and fired a gun -- grazing one of the boys.

LMPD says the kids sped off in the stolen car and crashed in a ditch at the intersection of Triplett and Noah Drives, about a half-mile from the house. The car was left running with visible bullet holes.

Mitchell says the investigation will continue, but police are still looking into what charges will be filed. He also could not say whether the juveniles could be charged as adults.
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Followup NC: No Charges for Joseph Asis in Fatal Shooting of Silvestre Begley

The Davidson County District Attorney’s Office has ruled the fatal December shooting of a man trying to break into an Upton Street home a justifiable homicide.

Silvestre Begley, 21, died of a single gunshot wound to the chest. The shot was fired by homeowner Joseph Asis.

Asis will not face charges.
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Friday, February 22, 2019

January 2019 NICS Check About the Same as the Previous two of the Trump Era

We have entered the third year of the Trump era of National Instant background Checks (NICS). It started with a January very similar to the last two years. National Instant background Checks (NICS) are the background check required for most sales of firearms by federally licensed firearm dealers.

There were 2,165,094 checks for January of 2019. In the first January of the Trump era, ihn 2017, There were 2,043,184 NICS checks. In the second January, (2018), there were 2,030,530. The three Januarys are remarkably similar, all within a range of only 134,564 checks.  The smallest number is in 2018. It is 93% of the largest, in 2019.

These numbers are tempered by the increasing numbers of NICS checks that are done for other purposes. The number of carry permits in the U.S.A continues to grow. That number is approaching 18 million. Permit checks and permit rechecks done in the NICS system are about half of all NICS checks.

In half of the states, this is offset because permit holders are able to purchase guns by using their permit to meet the background check requirement, instead of another background check. 25 States do not require an additional NICS check once the background check for the permit is done.

Here are the states where a NICS background check is not needed for purchasing a gun from a federally licensed firearms dealer, if you have a state carry permit:

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Washington, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

There were 1,162,142 permit and permit rechecks done in January  of 2019, 1,041,255 permits and permit rechecks done in January of 2018, and 993,743 permit and permit rechecks done in January of 2017.

When we subtract the permit and recheck NICS, the numbers for January 2017, 2018, and 2019 are  1,049,441 in 2017, 989,275 in 2018, and 1,002,952 in 2019.

Those number are a little flatter than the total NICS checks.

Americans are still buying lots of guns. The rate has declined a bit from the feverish level of 2016, but is high by historical standards.

If private gun purchases continue at the current rate, the American private stock of firearms will reach five hundred million guns by the end 2024.

Determining the exact number of private guns in society is difficult. One assumption is that unofficial guns and illegally imported guns, offset guns that wear out or are destroyed.

Kits for making your own guns, including tooling and parts, have become common and popular.  While some guns are made from scratch, many are created using kits. Most kits can be purchased through the mail, without any special license.

In some jurisdictions with strong legal restrictions against firearms ownership, homemade guns are a significant number of the firearms in society. In Nigeria, 74% of the firearms confiscated are homemade.  In China, over 98% of guns owned in the country are illegal. Many of the estimated 50 million illegal guns in China are homemade.

Legal barriers to firearm ownership apply whether the firearm is homemade or produced by a factory.

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TX: Armed Resident Shoots, Wounds, Intruder

An apartment resident told police he shot at someone he discovered inside his home Tuesday night in east Oak Cliff.

The wounded man was hospitalized, but he was expected to recover, Dallas police said.
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MO: Armed Victim Fires at Carjacker

A woman was in the driver’s seat of the car and a man was loading the groceries into the trunk when an unknown man approached them with a gun.

The woman got out of the car. The man who was loading groceries was armed - he fired at least one shot toward the car as the suspect drove it away.
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OR: Armed Neighbor Holds Extended Tresspassers/squatters for Police

An Oregon man helped local law enforcement detain two Idahoans accused of trespassing in a Baker County residence on Monday, according to a news release.

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TX: Armed Victim Shoots, Kills, Robbery Suspect in Scam Sale of I-Phone

GALVESTON COUNTY, Texas — A man who police said just wanted to buy an iPhone ended up shooting and killing a would-be robber in rural Galveston County.
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TX: Armed Father and Neighbor hold Junked-up Man for Police

The father came out with his gun and told Davis to leave.

At some point, Davis threw a ring at the the father and his neighbor who was armed as well. He told them he was trying to return it,

The men called police and held Davis at gunpoint.
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Followup GA: Roger Thomas found Not Guilty of all Charges in Shooting Death of Half Brother

A Columbus jury found Roger Thomas not guilty of murder Monday in the 2015 fatal shooting of his half-brother during a birthday party at Thomas’ 435 Bernard Drive apartment.

Thomas also was acquitted of all other charges, including aggravated assault and using a firearm to commit a felony.

“The crux of the whole case was really him and whether or not the jury believed ... by the evidence, which would include his testimony, that he was really in fear of receiving a serious bodily injury, or potentially death, when he fired that fatal shot,” Jackson said.
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The US ‘Has the Most Mass Shootings’—and Other Bogus Gun Research

A few years ago, much of the media claimed that the U.S. has “the most mass shootings of any country in the world.” Then-President Barack Obama added it’s “a pattern now … that has no parallel anywhere else … .”

CNN and the Los Angeles Times wrote about “Why the U.S. Has the Most Mass Shootings.” (“The United States has more guns.”)

But the U.S. doesn’t have the most mass shootings, says Lott. It’s a myth created by University of Alabama associate professor Adam Lankford, a myth repeated by anti-gun media in hundreds of news stories.

“Lankford claimed that since 1966, there were 90 mass public shooters in the United States, more than any other country,” says Lott. “Lankford claimed ‘complete data’ were available from 171 countries.”

But how could that be? Many governments don’t collect such data, and even fewer have information from before the days of the internet.

A shooting in say, India, would likely be reported only in local newspapers, in a local dialect. How would Lankford ever find out about it? How did he collect his information? What languages did he search in?

He won’t say.

“That’s academic malpractice,” says Lott in my video about the controversy.

I’m not surprised that Lankford didn’t reply to Lott’s emails. Lott is known as pro-gun. (He wrote the book “More Guns, Less Crime.”) But Lankford also won’t explain his data to me, The Washington Post, or even his fellow gun control advocates.

When Lott’s research center checked the data, using Lankford’s own definition of a mass shooting—“four or more people killed”—the center found 3,000 shootings around the world. Lankford claimed there were only 202.

Lankford said he excludes “sponsored terrorism,” but does not define what he means by that. To be safe, Lott removed terrorism cases from his data. He still found 709 shootings—more than triple the number Lankford reported.

It turns out that not only did the U.S. not have the most frequent mass shootings, it was No. 62 on the list, lower than places like Norway, Finland, and Switzerland.

There was also no relationship between the rate of gun ownership in different countries and the rate of mass shootings.

If journalists had just demanded Lankford explain his study methods before touting his results, his “more mass shootings” myth would never have spread.

So if Pelosi, Harris, and Warren ever follow through on their threat to declare gun violence a “national emergency,” be sure to check their math. Or just remember the wisdom of the Second Amendment.

Government’s desire to control us—and to lie to make its case—is the real emergency.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Second Amendment, Supreme Court, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, February, 2019

For eight years after the McDonald v. Chicago decision, the Supreme Court refused to enforce the Second Amendment.

President Trump has appointed two constitutionalist and originalist Justices, Justice Gorsuch and Justice Kavanaugh. After those appointments, the  Supreme Court agreed to hear the first Second Amendment firearms case since McDonald:  New York Rifle & Pistol Association v. NYC. The official decision to accept the case was on 22 January, 2019.

The next question was, when will the oral arguments for the case be heard?  The possibilities began in April in 2019. If oral arguments were not heard in April, they would be heard in October or later.

Second Amendment supporters are justifiably frustrated with the slow pace of judicial enforcement of Second Amendment rights. Many believe some courts have been deliberately slowing down the process, hoping for the election of a president hostile to the Second Amendment.

The oral argument calendar for the Supreme Court for April has been published. New York Rifle & Pistol Association is not scheduled for April.

This could be significant because the oldest justice on the Court is Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Justice Ginsburg has been hostile to the Second Amendment. She believes it does not apply to the modern world, because it is old.

 Justice Ginsburg voted against  the Heller decision. She voted against the McDonald decision. Her opinion on the Second Amendment is clear.   From

"If the court had properly interpreted the Second Amendment, the Court would have said that amendment was very important when the nation was new," she said. "It gave a qualified right to keep and bear arms, but it was for one purpose only — and that was the purpose of having militiamen who were able to fight to preserve the nation.""
Ruth's position, is to define the Second Amendment out of existence, without any real argument, because she believes it has no purpose in modern society. The fallback position is that the Second Amendment does not apply to individuals. That is the essential Progressive position on the entire Constitution. It is old, therefore we can ignore it.
Justice Ginsburg has been recovering from cancer surgery that removed on of the lobes of one of her lungs. She is said to be recovering satisfactorily.

The next oral arguments are on Tuesday, 19 February, 2019. Reuters has reported that Justice Ginsburg was at the Supreme Court on Friday, 15 February, 2019,  for a private conference to decide whether or not to take a case deciding if the Executive Branch can add a question to the 2020 census that has been on the census before.

The plantiffs claim the question, about citizenship, might incentivize minorities to avoid being counted on the census. From
Friday’s conference proved highly significant, with the justices agreeing to decide the fate of a bid by President Donald Trump’s administration to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census, which opponents say will scare immigrant communities from participating, leading to an undercount.
No pictures of Justice Ginsburg, in private or public, taken since December 15, 2018, have been published, that I have found.

Update: Justice Ginsburg attended the oral arguments on 19 February, 2019, and appeared to have recovered from her surgery. 

Justice Ginsburg is the oldest Justice on the Supreme Court. Her birthday is  on 15 March. Next month, she will be 86 years old.

Eight months from now is the earliest oral arguments will be heard for New York Rifle & Pistol Association. When you are 86, in failing health, eight months is a long time.

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FL: Armed Samaritan Fires Shot to Stop Knife Attack

DAYTONA BEACH — An armed good Samaritan intervened to stop a man trying to stab another person near a business Sunday night, police said.

“Some guy was going crazy with a knife trying to stab someone and a good Samaritan fired a shot to stop it,” said Daytona Beach police Capt. Scott Goss.
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WA: Gunfire Stops Attack in Parking Lot

Two men were fighting with another man at the Walgreen's on 85th Street NE, according to Sgt. Eric Karp with Kirkland Police. The man being attacked pulled out a gun and fired multiple shots.

It doesn’t appear he hit anyone, but the other two men ran over to their car and drove off.
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PA: Armed Robbery Suspect Shot, Killed by Armed Victim

The men, who had their faces partially covered, forced open his car door and demanded money.

Shane Gesnaker, one of the men, was holding what was described as a black pistol. Gesnaker struck Santiago in the left side of his face.

Santiago said the men had sprayed him in the face with pepper spray or mace.

Santiago then grabbed his 9mm handgun and fired one shot at the men, who then fled. Gesnaker was struck by a bullet and fell to the ground about 50 feet from Santiago's vehicle.

Santiago was a licensed gun owner with a permit to carry.
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NC: Gunfight Outside Bar, Man Arrested

According to the police report, a large fight broke out inside the bar and then moved outside.

After the crowd dispersed, a victim told officers they heard gunshots coming from a vehicle. The victim fired back, the police report stated.
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OH: Armed Homeowner Shoots 1 Home Invasion Suspect, 2 Others arrestec

After the initial investigation, it appears the armed homeowner confronted two adult male suspects at his residence. As a result of this confrontation, one male suspect shot. He was transported from the scene to Genesis Hospital with a single gunshot wound.
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TN: Gunfight, Death, Self Defense Claimed

The man detained told police he shot the victim in self-defense.

Information was given to FOX13 late tonight by MPD also shows that the man who died and the shooter knew each other.
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MO: Warning Shot Stops Robbery Attempt

That's when a second victim, 53-year-old male, interrupted the robbery attempt and fired his personally owned weapon in the air in an attempt to scare the suspect, according to the investigation.

The suspect then fled the scene on foot but not before firing a shot towards the two victims, police say. Neither victim was struck or injured.
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Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Houston Cop Lied for Warrant, 2 Innocents Killed, 4 Police Wounded

The lead investigator and long term Houston Police Department undercover narcotics Officer Gerald Goines lied to obtain a no-knock warrant. The no-knock warrant lead to the death of a middle aged couple, their dog, and the wounding of four officers, at 7815 Harding Street on 28 January, 2019. From
The search warrant clearly shows the initial information used to obtain the no-knock search warrant involved a number of lies.

In the original warrant obtained on Jan. 28, the lead case agent, Officer Gerald Goines, wrote that a confidential informant bought heroin at the house the day before the drug raid. The informant also allegedly saw heroin and a weapon, which appeared to be a 9mm handgun, as he was buying the suspected drugs at the house.

In that warrant, the informant allegedly returned to Goines with a brown powder substance, telling him that it was called "boy," which is slang for heroin. The confidential informant also said the substance he allegedly bought at the home was packed in a large quantity of plastic baggies.
The Houston no-knock raid was characterized as an ambush by drug dealers. The evidence did not support that conclusion.

The two homeowners killed had no criminal record. Dennis Tuttle was a Navy veteran. His wife, Rhogena Nicholas, was a supporter of President Trump. They had been married for 20 years and lived in their modest home in Houston for the same 20 years.

The gun battle started when police broke down their door and shot their dog. Dennis started shooting back, wounding the officer that shot his dog.

Police claim Rhogena attempted to take a shotgun from the wounded officer.

 They shot and killed her. Dennis continued to fight, wounding three more officers. It is unclear what firearm he used.

The exact timing of events is uncertain, because no officers wore body cameras. Surveillance video from the house next door was confiscated by the police.

Police Chief Acevedo has previously talked about the officers "laying down covering fire". We do not know how many indiscriminate rounds were fired, or when, precisely Dennis Tuttle and his wife Rhogena were shot and killed. From
"After we had two officers down and another shot, the remaining officers ... started laying down cover fire, left positions of cover themselves and, I believe, they heroically pulled their fellow officers out of harm's way," Acevedo said.
Originally, the police claimed Dennis used a .357 magnum revolver. No revolver shows up on the inventory of items seized from the house after the raid. No Heroin was found. No "large quantities" of drugs in plastic baggies was found.

In addition to long term narcotics officer Goines, another officer has been suspended. His name has not been released.

Good forensics could clear up many of the unanswered questions in this case. What was the sequence of events? Who fired what, when, and where. Who was shot by who, when?

The only thing we know for certain is that lies were made to obtain a no-knock warrant. A gun battle resulted. Two innocent homeowners are dead, and four police were wounded.

A small amount of drugs were reported to be found at the house, along with four firearms, such as exist in over half the households in Texas.

As drugs were lied about (and small quantities were found in the lying officer's vehicle), can we trust the drugs found at the house, in two small baggies, were not planted by an officer, to cover the botched raid?

Many police, as well as other citizens, are angry over the corruption and needless loss of life. Actions such as this corrode the fabric of a free society.

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DC: Armed Citizens 94% effective in Stopping or Mitigating Active Shooter Events

A report done by Concealed Carry, with numerous graphics

So the below graphic does just that. Of all the active shooter events there were 33 at which an armed citizen was present. Of those, Armed Citizens were successful at stopping the Active shooter 75.8% of the time (25 incidents) and were successful in reducing the loss of life in an additional 18.2% (6) of incidents. In only 2 of the 33 incidents (6.1%) was the Armed Citizen(s) not helpful in any way in stopping the active shooter or reducing the loss of life.

Thus the headline of our report that Armed Citizens Are Successful 94% Of The Time At Active Shooter Events.

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Followup VA: En Banc Appeals Court Confirms Overturning of Shooting Conviction

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Virginia appeals court has overturned the conviction of a Springfield man who fatally shot an intruder in his home.

The court ruled 7-4 last week to affirm a divided appeals panel’s September ruling that the judge in Thomas Lienau’s trial erred in refusing to instruct the jury on self-defense, as Lienau’s attorney had requested.
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OK: Unknown Intruder Shot, Wounded

TUTTLE, Okla. —

A possible intruder was taken to a hospital after a shooting Sunday morning in Tuttle, officials said.

Around 8:45 a.m., police received a call about a shooting near Star Drive off Sky Lane. When they arrived, they said they found an apparent intruder with a gunshot wound.
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TX: Disarm, Homeowner Disarms 1 of 2 Intruders, Shoots and Kills 1

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (WOAI/KABB) - A man who was confronted by two men with guns wrestled one of the weapons away and shot a suspect dead, said police.

The shooting happened shortly after 1 a.m. at a home on Leonidas Drive, near I-10 and South WW White Road.
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NC: Armed Driver Shoots Violent Suspect who Smashed Window

McManus was jogging down Gibbons Link Road after punching the woman when he jumped onto the hood of a passing car, police said.

When the driver stopped, McManus smashed a window of the car, “at which time the suspect shot him,” police said.
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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

CA: Domestic Defense, Man Shot by Brother after Stabbing Mother, Brother

HIGHLAND PARK, LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- A man allegedly stabbed his mother and brother before being shot in the leg by his wounded sibling Saturday at a home in Highland Park, authorities said.

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WV: Armed Woman Holds Burglar for Police. He Confesses

CORINNE, WV (WVNS) - It was a bad day for one burglar in the Mountain State.

Wyoming County. Deputies were called to a home in Corinne, WV after a homeowner told dispatchers she was holding a man who broke into her home at gunpoint.

Investigators came to the house at around 10:45 a.m. Thursday.

They found the suspect, Jeffery Lee Reece, lying on the floor. The victim told deputies Reece came through her front door and stole a trail camera.

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NC: Home Invasion Gunfight, Defenders Wounded, 1 Invader Killed

Police believe Smith and Clark broke in intending to rob Deandre Hill and Brianna Aleman.

Shots were fired and Clark, 21, was killed. Hill and Aleman were also shot and needed medical attention.
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NC: Cell Phone Store Employee shoots at Robbery Suspects

Police also said an employee at the store had a gun and fired several shots. The U-Haul was struck once, but it is not known if the robber who fled was hit.

No one else was shot. No names have been released and investigators have not released a description of the second robber.
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WA: Armed Woman and Neighbor Hold Intruder for Police (Drunk)

FEDERAL WAY, Wash. — A Federal Way mom held a would-be intruder at gunpoint Thursday night until police could arrive.

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Monday, February 18, 2019

Followup DE: Devon Emfinger Charged with Reckless Endangerment in Fatal Shooting of Donte Demunguia

State police say 25-year-old Devon Emfinger of Aberdeen was with the 24-year-old woman on Valentine’s Day when 24-year-old Donte Demunguia from Absecon, New Jersey, entered her apartment at a public housing complex in Harrington.

The woman went downstairs and was confronted by Demunguia, who was shot as he went upstairs.

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CA: Home Invasion Suspect Shot by Armed Resident

LOS OSOS, Calif. - San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office say a suspected home invader was shot by a resident of the Los Osos home early Friday morning.
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AR: Armed Clerk Shoots Armed Robbery Suspect

JACKSONVILLE, ARK. (KATV) — A man was taken to the hospital after he was shot while robbing a store in Jacksonville on Thursday.
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OK: Armed Homeowner, One Shot Sends Three Invaders Running

BROKEN ARROW, Oklahoma - Broken Arrow Police are investigating a bold home invasion, in which a homeowner shot back at armed suspects.

Police said it happened Tuesday evening around 6 near S 145 E Avenue and Kenosha.
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Sunday, February 17, 2019

Alabama Moves toward Constitutional Carry in 2019

In 2014, Alabama clarified and strengthened the state constitution's provision protecting the right to keep and bear arms. The amendment passed with 72% of the the vote.

Senator Gerald Allen (R-Tuscaloosa) is working to translate the promise of the state Constitutional amendment into law. He says he will keep on filing Constitutional Carry bills until one is passed.

In 2017, the Alabama Senate passed a Constitutional Carry bill, SB2, 26-8. In 2018, SB3 died in committee. 

In January of 2019, Senator Allen pre-filed SB4, which is the fourth attempt to pass Constitutional Carry in Alabama.

Some commenters at have claimed the problem is with the Alabama Sheriff's association. Sheriffs in  Alabama administer the issuance of
concealed carry permits.
 In the state of Alabama, concealed carry permits are issued at the county level. Sheriff's have discretion over how much they charge for the permits. By law, funds received for CC permits are collected by the sheriff & retained by him. They are not part of his normal budget. They go into a discretionary fund and the sheriff has sole authority over it. He can buy body armor or he can buy beer for an office picnic.

The Alabama Sheriff's Association has fought this for a long time with histrionic predictions of blood in the streets.
Alabama carry permits are shall issue. They are only issued to Alabama residents. Alabama recognizes all other state carry permits.  The cost of the carry permit varies from five to twenty dollars.

Alabama is an open carry state. Adults that can legally own a gun can carry pistols openly, without a permit. The difficulty with open carry in Alabama, is that people are not allowed to open carry in a vehicle, unless they have a permit. This makes open carry without a permit inconvenient and unsafe, as the law also requires that pistols carried in a vehicle, without a permit, must be unloaded and locked up.

Constantly loading and unloading a pistol when getting in and out of a vehicle increases the chances of an accident.

Alabama has a short legislative session, to limit the damage the legislature can do. This year it starts on the first Tuesday in March, and meets for a maximum of 30 days with a session limit of 105 calendar days.  Alabama has a Republican Governor.  Republicans have  strong majorities in the Senate and in the House.

Constitutional Carry has strong support in the Alabama legislature. The Sheriffs Association also has strong support.

 Senator Allen says he has the votes to pass SB4 in the Senate. From
“Great crowd,” Allen told AM 770’s David Pinkelton. “I am a member myself. I am carrying a great bill: Senate Bill four. I encourage everyone to call the House members. We have the votes in the Senate to pass this.”

“Make that phone call to the Speaker’s office,” Allen said. “Fourteen states have passed constitutional carry. Where it has passed the sale of permits has gone up.”

Constitutional Carry will pass in Alabama when supporters of the bill overcome the opposition of the Alabama Sheriff's Association.

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MI: Armed Victim Shoots Carjacking Suspect

DETROIT - The intended target of a carjacking fatally shot one of the attackers on Detriot's west side, police said.

The carjacking happened around 10:30 a.m. Thursday on Snowden Street near Seven Mile Road and Schaefer Highway.
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CA: Aggressive Youtube Video Person Shot by School Guard

As bystanders gather around amidst the commotion, the guard can be heard repeatedly claiming Perez was trying to “break inside” the synagogue. Perez later told local news station KCAL the guard was “super-aggressive” while she was “just taking shots” of the synagogue.

Perez has identified herself as a First Amendment auditor—a YouTube genre in which participants show up at places like post offices or power plants, start filming and capture the police reaction on tape.
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GA: Domestic Defense, Woman Shoots Boyfriend Attacking Son

EVANS, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- A 42-year-old man is dead after deputies say his girlfriend was protecting herself and her teen son.

Billy Rogers was shot in the chest in a home on the 900 block of Hunting Horn Way around 2 a.m. That's in Columbia County's Bridlewood subdivision.
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Mass Murderer in Aurora Illinois was Prohibited Possessor

The Aurora murderer at the Henry Pratt Co. valve manufacturing plant in Illinois was a prohibited possessor of firearms. He had been convicted of aggravated assault in Mississippi in 1995, for stabbing a woman. He was about 22 years old at the time.

Characters are pretty well formed by the time you are 22. The murderer had been arrested six times in Aurora for traffic and domestic battery incidents, the last in 2008. He was arrested in 2017, in Oswego, Illinois, for disorderly conduct and property damage.  No convictions were listed during this period.

He originally passed a background check in 2014, when he purchased a Smith & Wesson .40 caliber handgun.  A few months later, a second background check, when he applied for a Concealed Carry Permit, showed the earlier felony conviction.

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Saturday, February 16, 2019

Final Report: Was Bear Spray Effective in the Mark Uptain Grizzly Fatality?

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department (WGF) has released a final report on the grizzly bear attack that killed hunting guide Mark Uptain and injured his client, Corey Chubon.

The report confirms previous information that the Glock pistol was found without a round in the chamber, and separated from its magazine. The magazine was fully loaded with 15 rounds of  F C flat nosed full metal jacketed rounds. The pistol had not been fired.

At some time during the attack, bear spray was used by Mark Uptain. The bear spray can was emptied. The grizzly sow was reported to have a strong odor of bear spray about her head.

Below is a hand sketch of the relationship of various items found at the scene by the investigators.

The weather was warm enough to compel Uptain to take off his shirt. Unfortunately, Mark Uptain also took off his holstered Glock 10mm.

The Glock pistol, in a shoulder holster, had been placed with the packs, about 5-10 yards from the elk carcass.

He placed it too far from him to be accessed before the sow reached him. By doing that, he negated one of the greatest advantages of pistols for defensive use. The advantage is having a gun on your person when you need it. Holstered pistols free up both hands to do other things.

To sum up the events: The guide, Mark Uptain, and his client, Corey Chubon, were processing the bull elk they had recovered. The elk carcass had not been molested by any predators. They were nearly finished when the bears attacked, from down hill and downwind.

The sow, about 250 lbs, attacked Uptain at the elk carcass. Corey Chubon ran to the packs and drew the pistol from the holster. At first, he did not fire for fear of hitting Uptain. Then the sow turned her attention to him.

Being unfamiliar with the Glock, he was unable to make it fire, because the pistol did not have a round chambered. While attempting to fire the pistol, he ejected the loaded magazine on the ground.

This has been known to happen when people unfamiliar with a pistol's controls are desperately attempting to make it fire in a life or death scenario. People try every control they can find, trying to make the pistol work.

When the bear started to maul Chubon, he attempted to throw the pistol to Mark Uptain. The bear then left Chubon and re-attacked Uptain. Chubon fled for help.

Chubon had bear spray, but it had been placed in one of the packs, making it inaccessible during the attack.

A rescue helicopter picked up Chubon about two and a half hours after the attack. The helicopter was being used on a fire,and had to be called back for the rescue. The report concluded that Mark Uptain had died about the time that Chubon called for rescue, two hours before rescuers reached Chubon.

The report states the use of bear spray likely halted the attack. Writers for other publications conclude this shows bear spray was effective in this incident.

Bear attack expert and author Dave Smith questions that assessment.  From correspondence with Dave Smith:
2. The bear spray spin. Uptain did not have time to use bear spray before the bear initially attacked and injured him. Is that a bear spray success, or a bear spray failure?The 2nd time the bear attacked, Uptain sprayed the bear but was killed. Is that a bear spray success or a bear spray failure? 
The WyoFile article begins by stating, " Evidence suggests bear spray stopped a grizzly bear attack after it mortally wounded hunting guide Mark Uptain." According to the WGF report, “Evidence suggests that when Uptain deployed the bear spray, it stopped the aggression, giving him time to escape, however, this appears to be after the fatal injuries were inflicted.” 
It is hard to see this event as successful use of bear spray. Bear spray was used, but the user was killed. The bear stopped attacking at some point, and Mark Uptain, fatally wounded, was able to move about 50 yards from the elk carcass before he died. The empty bear spray canister was found near his body.

There are several incidents where bear spray initially deterred a bear, which later returned to continue the attack. There are numerous incidents where bears left mauled victims, without being sprayed, then returned later.

By all accounts Mark Uptain was an outstanding man, hunter and guide. He will be missed.

Many people have suggested that while dressing game in grizzly country, one person should stay alert and guard, while other member(s) of the party dress the game.

Dave Smith added this useful tip: The person on guard should be on the downwind side of the  location. Bears almost always approach from downwind, as they did in this case. From Dave Smith:
"Given that it took Uptain and his client 2-3 hours to field dress the elk, it would have been wise for Uptain to have the hunter standing guard on red alert with bear spray in hand. Wind was broadcasting the scent of elk blood & guts; thus, the hunter should have been downwind from Uptain and the carcass. It's 100% predictable that the bears would approach from downwind. But the hunter was only 3 to 4 yards away from Uptain, unarmed. The hunter did not have Uptain's Glock in hand. The hunter did not know how to use Uptain's Glock. The hunter did not have bear spray in hand. Bottom line? Uptain and the hunter were not prepared for a worse case scenario. It's a bit surprising the bears charged the hunters, but it's no surprise the bears showed up. Does WGF offer hunters and/or guides any meaningful guidance on how to handle this field dressing an elk in grizzly country situation?"
This is a sad case. It appears to be an example of bear spray failure, rather than a bear spray success story.

If the 10mm Glock had been in the hands of someone who knew how to use it,  both men would probably have survived.

It is likely only one bear would have been killed.

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AZ: 911 Call of Woman who Shot Through Door, Killed Drunken Neighbor

LITCHFIELD PARK, Ariz. (FOX 10) -- Audio files from a 911 call made by a frightened Valley woman, moments after she shot and killed an intruder who was trying to break into her home, have been released.

Officials with the Maricopa County Sherriff's Office say the suspect was actually the woman's neighbor, who went to the wrong home and was drunk at the time of the incident.

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GA: Armed Woman Stops Home Invader from Entering

“The homeowner was armed, and advised the suspect not enter the house,” the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office said in a press release. However, the woman heard glass breaking from the upper level of the house and fired two shots in the direction of the man the sheriff’s office added.

Deputies arrived and arrested the accused burglar, identified as 20-year-old Hans E. Rogers. The Cobb County resident was charged with home invasion and burglary. He was booked into the Jackson County Jail and remains held without bond. No one was injured during the incident, the sheriff’s office said.
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LA: Gunfight, Home Invader Shot, Killed, Homeowner Wounded

Two men were suffering from gunshot wounds when police arrived. Deputies believe a shootout occurred between the alleged intruder and the homeowner. The alleged intruder later died. He has been identified as 20-year-old Major Payton, of Baker.

The homeowner, a 60-year-old man, was transported to a local hospital for treatment.
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Friday, February 15, 2019

ID: Woman Holds Mountain Lion While Husband Shoots It

Yearling Mountain Lion

On January 30th, 2019 a woman thought she was stopping a dog fight. She ended up holding a 35 pound juvenile mountain lion instead. From
Early on the morning of Jan. 30 a woman responded to what she thought was a fight between her dog and another dog outside of her Mackay home. As she pulled the two animals apart, she realized that in one hand she held a juvenile, male mountain lion about 35 pounds, and not another dog as she expected.

The woman restrained both her dog and the mountain lion while yelling for her husband, who was still inside the house, to grab a gun. Her husband responded and quickly dispatched the mountain lion as she held on to it.

On February 4, 2019 in Larimer County, Colorado, a man was able to fight off a mountain lion attack and kill the lion with his bare hands.

During the last 30 years, we have been actively protecting large predators, including bears, wolves, and mountain lions. Their populations and habitat are increasing.

As these large predators increase in population and habitat area, there have been increasing conflicts with humans.

The suggested response, from the Idaho Government, on encountering a mountain lion, is this. From

Tips for people who might encounter a mountain lion
  • Do not run.
  • If you are with children, pick them up without bending over.
  • Do not turn your back on the lion, crouch down, or try to hide.
  • Remain facing the lion and slowly back away. Leave the animal an escape route.
  • Try to appear as large as possible — stand on a rock or stump, hold up your arms, stand next to others.
  • Shout, wave your arms, and throw objects if the lion does not leave the area.
  • Fight back if a mountain lion attacks. Stay on your feet and use sticks, rocks, backpack, hands to fight back. Use bear spray if you have it.
  • Never approach a mountain lion or offer it food.
There are some obvious things missing from the above list. Weapons. Guns and knives. Bear spray is a weapon of sorts, but guns have proven to be effective against lions for hundreds of years. A 12 year old girl used a gun to kill a mountain lion that was stalking her in 2014. Knives have been used to defend against lion attacks, and are better than bare hands. 

Idaho is a Constitutional Carry state. No permit is required to carry a firearm in Idaho, in nearly every place where you might encounter a large predator. No permit is required to carry a knife. Knives and guns are useful for many more things than attacking mountain lions.

Why doesn't the Idaho government include the obvious choice of guns and knives in its list of ways to fight back against a mountain lion attack?

Has the Idaho government been infected with political correctness?

Are they afraid of some nebulous liability from the offer of commonsense advice that weapons are effective in stopping animal attacks?

Is the Idaho government more concerned with saving large predators than with saving people?

The nature of these questions make it nearly impossible for a government bureaucrat to answer truthfully and directly.

The woman who found herself with a 35 pound mountain lion in her hands understood that it was much safer to shoot the lion than to try to strangle it with her hands.

Mountain lion attacks are rare, but the number is increasing with increasing mountain lion populations.  Two people were killed by mountain lions in 2018.

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TX: Armed Homeowner Shoots, Wounds Car Burglar, Stops Crime Spree

The homeowner then tried to hold the man at gunpoint as he tried to leave, when he shot the suspect in the head.

The man was taken to Ben Taub Hospital. He is expected to survive.

Deputies told ABC13 the suspect was breaking into multiple vehicles and had property belonging to the homeowner inside his vehicle.

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TN: Permit Holder Stops Domestic Violence Threat in Dentist Office, Shoots, Kills Suspect

One person is dead following a domestic violence situation while a "citizen" is being hailed as a hero for shooting the suspect inside a Kingsport dentist office, Sheriff Jeff Cassidy told WCYB.
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AR: Property Owner Holds Escaped Juvenile at Gunpoint

A Juvenile Center official contacted the Sheriff's Office 40 minutes later to report that the jubenile had been located by a Spur Lake-area property owner.

"It was also related to this office that the property owner had the juvenile at gunpoint," Capt. Philip Pevehouse stated in the news release.
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FL: Two Men Allegedly Held Mother At Gunpoint: Son Kills Both

Suspects who allegedly entered a Brevard County, Florida, home Thursday and pointed a gun at woman’s head were shot dead by the woman’s son.

News 6 reported that 20-year-old Alvin Smalls and 18-year-old Amir Rashad Lynn allegedly broke into the home at a time when the mother’s son was in the house asleep. The son awoke to strange sounds, only to discover the suspects allegedly had his mother at gunpoint.

The son shot the suspects. Smalls died in the home and Lynn fled, only to die later at a hospital.

The son called 911 after shooting the suspects:

WESH 2 reported that the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office believed the shooting was an issue of self-defense. Brevard County Sheriff’s spokesman Tod Goodyear said, “Right now it appears it is a case of them defending themselves in the home.”

Thursday, February 14, 2019

No-Knock Houston Raid Inventory Raises Questons after 2 Killed, 4 Wounded

The Houston Police Department has released the inventory of items seized during the execution of the no-knock raid where 59-year-old Dennis Tuttle and his wife, 58-year-old Rhogena Nicholas were shot and killed. The raid occurred on January 28, 2019.

The married couple of 20 years died in a gun battle with police where four officers were wounded and one was injured while taking cover.

The couple had no criminal records. They had occupied the house for 20 years. Rhogena was as supporter of President Trump. Dennis was a Navy veteran.

The gun battle started when the police broke down their door and shot their dog. The wife, Rhogena, was unarmed when killed. Police claim she was going for a shotgun held by a wounded officer.

There were no body cameras worn on the raid. Neighbor's surveillance video was taken by the police.

The guns listed are unremarkable in every way. They are:

A 12 gauge model 1100 semi-automatic shotgun, commonly used for target shooting, hunting, and home defense.

A Winchester 190 semi-automatic .22 rimfire, a popular and inexpensive hunting and plinking gun. They are no longer manufactured.

A Remington 700 bolt action rifle chambered in 7mm magnum, a popular hunting rifle and cartridge.

A 20 gauge shotgun is listed as a "Beretta ALS". I have not found a Beretta of that model, but CZ makes an ALS model that looks a lot like the Beretta semi-automatics.  ALS is sometimes used as an abbreviation for Auto Loading Shotgun.  Here is the inventory document released from the Houston Police Department:

Missing from the inventory of guns is the .357 revolver that Dennis Tuttle was supposed to be using in his gunfight with the officers who broke into his house, and killed his dog and wife.

Wounding four officers with a .357 revolver would be exceptional gunfighting.  Some shooters can do it. Dennis Tuttle was an Air Force veteran, and, it seems likely, a hunter.

Given the lack of a revolver from the inventory, my suspicion is he used a shotgun to defend his home. That, and the use of buckshot or birdshot would explain the four wounded officers.

Also missing is any 9mm pistol, the possession of which was used in the warrant to justify the no-knock raid.

Apologists for the raid have said the informant could have mis-identified the .357 for a 9mm. That could be, but there is no pistol or revolver to be found on the inventory list.   Here is a link to the warrant from ABC13.

The drugs that were reported to be found at the home are not the quantity associated with drug dealing.  A local attorney noted that no drug paraphernalia was listed on the inventory.  From
"There's nothing identified in search warrant return as scales or baggies, or anything that would be used to distribute heroin or any other drugs for that matter," Zuniga said.

As for the gram of cocaine and 18 grams of marijuana found, Zuniga said, "It's not the amount of drugs that would be associated with distribution. I think in this case the officer probably relied on an unreliable informant."
 No-knock raids are inherently dangerous for the suspects and the officers involved. They eliminate one of the primary reasons for search warrants, which is to assure the suspects the search is legally allowed, and the suspects will have access to the courts.

To accomplish that purpose, the warrant has to be presented to the suspects, and they have to be allowed to read it.

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Followup TX: Blanca Salazar Found Not Guilty of Murder in Slaying of Husband in 2014

ECTOR COUNTY -- A Gardendale woman who was charged with killing her husband back in 2014, was found not guilty by an Ector County jury Thursday.

That's according to Ector County District Attorney Bobby Bland.

Blanca Salazar was charged in the murder of Israel Dominguez Salazar on October 25, 2014, at the couple’s residence.
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NC: Home Invasion Gunfight, Resident Wounded Violent Career Criminal Killed

 According to the residents, three unknown suspects forced their way into the home and shot the victim. One of the residents shot back at the suspects and the suspects fled the scene. Officers located 40-year-old Ryan Allen of Goldsboro in a wooded area near the scene. Allen suffered a gunshot wound to the pelvic area of his body. He was identified as a suspect in the burglary and assault. Allen was transported to Vidant Hospital in Greenville where he died during surgery. 

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SC: Domestic Defense, Armed Homeowner Shoots, Wounds Man Who Kicked Open Door

A Belton homeowner shot and injured a man late Monday night when he kicked open the door to the man's residence, deputies said.

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MO: Belligerant Drunk Attacks Driver, gets Shot

As is often the case in these matters, the security guards won the argument. The man was sent on his way and began walking down Clark Avenue toward South Broadway. Apparently still riled up, he began arguing with the driver of a passing car before chasing the vehicle down and (allegedly) punching its driver multiple times in the face.

To put things mildly, that turned out to be a really bad idea. The driver, a 36-year-old man, quickly pulled a gun and shot his attacker in the chest, police say.
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CA: Armed Husband Holds Intruder at Gunpoint, for Police

"You could see the door buckling, then everything, the wood and everything just flew out," Jim said. "He just stood there, and so I just held my gun and waited for the police to get there."

According to Arcata police chief Brian Ahearn, the suspect was arrested and taken to a hospital where he was treated for cold exposure. Chief Ahearn suspects the man was trying to find a place to get warm.
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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Details: Raid involved in Milwaukee Police Death was No-Knock, Suspect Fired as Door was Broken

Some facts are now available about the Milwaukee Police raid that resulted in the death of Police Officer Rittner. The raid occured on February 6th, about 9:12 a.m., on the 2900 block of South 12th Street.  Several officers were wearing body cameras. The raid made use of a no-knock warrant.

 The suspect, Jordan Fricke, has been charged with first degree intentional homicide (940.01(1)(a), first degree recklessly endangering safety (941.30(1) , and maintaining a drug trafficing place 961.42(1).

Jordan Fricke did not have any past criminal record. He had some past traffic violations, the last of which was in 2014. According to, friends of Fricke claimed he had an active concealed carry permit.

The no-knock warrant claimed that Fricke had sold marijuana to a confidential informant on February 1. One sale for $20, one for $40.

The complaint says that officers surrounded the residence near 12th Street and Manitoba, and yelled "Police, search warrant" at the approached the door and started to break it down. Officer Rittner was the officer operating the ram who was breaking down the door.

According to,  Fricke said he was in bed, asleep, with his girlfriend, when the raid started.
In regards to the execution of the search warrant, the complaint says Fricke “admitted to being in bed with his girlfriend when he was awoken by a loud noise and yelling. The defendant several times claimed that he did not hear what was being yelled, but later did admit that when he entered his kitchen from the bedroom he heard someone yell “police” outside the kitchen door. He stated “he did not think it was actually the police attempting to enter his residence.” 
”The interview goes on to say Fricke “armed himself with his AK 47 pistol and aimed at the center of the door, where a hole was made.” Fricke told police “he aimed at the hole, where he saw a person standing and shot.” When police crashed through the door, Fricke “claimed that this was the point at which he realized that it was the actual police.” 

Fricke is said to have fired four times through the hole the police made in the door with the battering ram, using an AK-47 type pistol. One of the shots hit officer Rittner.

As the officers finished breaking down the door, Fricke said he realized they were police, raised his hands, and surrendered.

The search of Fricke's house revealed some firearms, firearms parts, and a safe with $3,000. No drugs were mentioned. It was claimed that equipment used in drug sales was found. From
A search of Fricke's home turned up a Century Arms Zastava AK-47 semi-automatic pistol, eight other firearms, a Taser, weapons parts, a safe with $3,000 cash and equipment used in drug sales, the complaint said.
Michael L. Chernin is listed as Fricke's attorney. The court found that Jordan Fricke did not qualify for a public defender, perhaps because of the $3,000 found at his residence.

Fox news reports the complaint says that Fricke admitted to selling some marijuana at some point, and that he had assembled some rifles and sold them at gun shows.

It is not illegal under Wisconsin law to assemble rifles and sell them at gun shows. It may be illegal under federal law. The federal law is somewhat vague. It requires the person to be "in the business" of selling firearms to make a profit. Occasional sales are usually not sufficient to meet this burden. This charge would explain the presence of the BATFE officers at the raid.

An associate of Fricke's, Marlon Tirado was reportedly at the residence as well. He is charged with intent to deliver THC and to maintain a drug trafficking place. Marlon Tirado has been released on a cash bond of $7,500. He has been ordered to have no verbal contact with Jordan Fricke.  Marlon Tirado has been judged indigent. A public defender will provide counsel.

Tirado had a number of traffic citations. Tirado plead guilty to possession of THC in 2017 and and 2016. Fines of $250 in 2016 and $1,872 in 2017 were paid.

The case illustrates the dangers of no knock warrants. It seems likely Fricke would have surrendered to officers and peacefully allowed the search of the house, if the officers had knocked peacefully and allowed him time to answer the door.  He quickly surrendered once he was convinced the intruders were actually police.

No illegal substances were found in the house, at least, none have been revealed thus far.

We do not know what "equipment used in drug sales" might have been. Scales and zip lock baggies are plausible items.

None of the guns are alleged to have been illegal. No fully automatic guns or sawed off shotguns appear to have been found.

If illegal drugs had been found at the house, it is likely they would have been included in the complaint.

Was Fricke a small time marijuana dealer? It may be so. Did he illegally sell guns? We do not know for certain. It is possible.

Was the no-knock raid dangerous and unwarranted?

It resulted in the death of officer Rittner.

Did Fricke  act legitimately under the Wisconsin Castle Doctrine law? That may be left up to a jury.  It may depend on whether the jury finds that Fricke was using the dwelling to further a criminal activity.

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TX: Armed Homeowner Wounds Burglary Suspect in Head

BIG SPRING -- The Howard County Sheriff's Office is investigating after a homeowner shot a suspect who had reportedly burglarized his home.
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AR: Armed Brother and Friend Hold Burglary Suspects at Gunpoint

LAVACA (KFSM) — A Lavaca homeowner's brother and a friend caught two men burglarizing his brother's house and held them at gunpoint until authorities arrived, according to the Sebastian County Sheriff's Office.

Police reports show that on Sunday, Feb. 10, at 7:04 a.m., deputies were called to 8606 E. Tate Lane in Lavaca on a report of a burglary in progress. Once there, they encountered the brother of the homeowner and a friend of both, and the friend was holding a rifle on the two burglary suspects, later identified as Thomas Link and Johnny Hoang.

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TN: Armed Robbery Suspect Wounded by Armed Victim

The man stated he was driving home from work when he noticed a silver Acura following him. Once he reached his driveway, he said the suspect jumped out of his car and approached him asking “where the cash was at.” The suspects then pulled out a gun and began shooting.

Fearing for his safety, the man said he also pulled out his weapon and returned fire, apparently striking the suspect in the foot before he fled.
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NC: Armed Business Owner holds Burglary Suspect for Police

A theft suspect met his match when he tried to haul off a pickup truck load of tools from the Cronland Lumber Yard on Highway 73.

Deputies were dispatched to the business at around 5:40 p.m. on Feb. 7 in response to a breaking and entering in progress. When they arrived on the scene the business owner, Stan Cronland, had the suspect out of his truck and on the ground at gunpoint, according to a press release from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office.
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FL: Burglary Suspect Held at Gunpoint for Deputies

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) - The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office says a New Smyrna Beach man held a suspected would-be burglar at gunpoint, until deputies arrived.
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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

December 2018 NICS Background Checks Make 2018 Second Highest on Record

The National Instant background Checks System (NICS) checks for December of 2018 were 2,543,385. They were just a little less (42,753) than NICS checks for December of 2017. That makes them the fourth highest December on record, and puts the total for 2018 as the second highest year of NICS checks on record with 26,181,936. The top year was 2016, with 27,438,673.

But gun sales are in a minor slump. Some call it the "Trump Slump". How can this be?

Two things conspire to bring about the "Trump Slump". The first is that President Trump is not Hillary Clinton. Gun owners are not as concerned about being able to purchase the gun and ammunition they want, or whether emotional driven politics will be used to deny them the guns they wish to have.

The second part is many NICS checks are for other purposes. Once we take out the background checks done for permits and permit renewals, The numbers drop.  The numbers of permit and permit recheck numbers for December of 2018 were 737,926 and 285,273, respectively. Those are 1,023,199 checks not done for firearms purchases.

Last month I predicted there would be over 2.5 million NICS checks for December of 2018. It was an accurate prediction.  If, as expected, about .56  firearms are added to the private stock for each NICS check done, then NICS checks in December will translate into 1.42 million additional private firearms.

That increases the number of private firearms in the United States to about 433 million at this time. In April of 2018, I predicted the U.S. stock of private firearms would be more than 430 million by the end of 2018.

Over 177 million of those firearms have been added during the 20 years of NICS checks since 1998.  A hundred million were added in the last seven years.

With Nancy Pelosi the Speaker, and a Democrat House of Representatives in Congress, we can expect the introduction of numerous restrictive gun laws.

They will try to ban semi-automatics.

They will try to ban private sales.

They will try to impose national waiting periods.

They will try to impose "lock up your gun" laws.

They will try to increase the age a person has to be to purchase a firearm.

They will insist all of these laws will be "gun safety" laws, when none of them increase safety with guns an iota.

They will insist all of these laws will be "gun safety" laws, when none of them increase safety with guns an iota.

Many of these laws will pass the House and be sent to the Senate. With a partisan media, these laws will have major attention. Even with the 177 million firearms added to the private stock over the last 20 years, there are still 200 million or so Americans who are not adequately armed.  Man of those unarmed Americans will listen to the rhetoric. They will see the hatred directed toward the President and his supporters.

A portion of the other side will believe the propaganda designed to dehumanize coservatives, particularly white, Christian, straight men.

Some people on both sided will decide they need guns.

Some will want to defend the Constitution.

Some will wish to destroy it.

I do not expect the highly restrictive infringements on Second Amendment rights to pass.

I expect them to give the gun industry a bump.

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Followup IL: Billy Cowart Cleard of All Charges in 2016 Self Defense Shooting

Then 50-year-old Ford employee Billy Cowart was charged with attempted murder for shooting off his gun in the United Auto Workers 551 parking lot in June 2016. He struck two fellow union members, both in the leg.

And within a matter of days Cowart was suspended and then terminated from his job with Ford where he had worked for nearly two decades.

But Cowart, a veteran with extensive combat training and a licensed CCW holder, said he pleaded with Ford and the union to understand that this was a clear case of self-defense.
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LA: Armed Homeowner Shoots, Kills Intruder Attempting Break-in

“The initial investigation by detectives indicates that the homeowner shot the man as he was trying to break into the residence,” Landry added.

The man shot is identified as Richard Bernard Williams, 26 years-old, of Bossier City. Detectives collected evidence that Williams was forcibly attempting to enter the house when he was shot by the homeowner, BCPD said.
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Followup AL: Wolverton Bridges found not Guilty in Fatal Shooting of Christopher Coffelt

A jury on Friday acquitted a man of first-degree murder in a Valentine’s Day 2017 shooting in south Tulsa that the man and his attorney argued was self-defense.

William Wolverton Bridges, 46, faced the charge in connection with the death of his friend, Christopher Coffelt, based at least in part on claims he provided inconsistent accounts of what happened leading up to the shooting.
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AZ: Mother uses Gun to Turn Suspect Over to Police

TEMPE, AZ — One mother said her quick thinking and nearby pistol helped protect herself and her kids during a home invasion.

The situation ended with an injured police K-9, two hurt Tempe police officers and a mother who forced the suspect out of her apartment at gunpoint.

"It was either me or him, and I had two kids. There was no way I was going to let them get hurt," the mother said.
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CA: Retired Officer Arrested for Shooting Thief

A former Cypress police officer was arrested after he allegedly shot at and grazed a shoplifting suspect in the parking lot of a Home Depot in Riverside on Saturday afternoon, Feb. 9.

The retired officer, identified as Michael Munoz, 61, was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, said Officer Ryan Railsback, a spokesman for the Riverside Police Department.
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FL: No Charges for Fatal Shooting of Two Home Invaders

TITUSVILLE, Fla.(WOFL FOX 35) - There will be no charges in an incident in which two men were fatally shot in alleged home invasion, according to the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office.

On Friday, deputies released the identities of the two men, Alvin Smalls, 20, of Titusville, and Amir Lynn, 18, of Mims.

The incident happened around noon on West Court. According to deputies, the two men, one which was armed, and another wearing a mask, were attempting a home invasion when the occupant shot them both. One died on the scene. The other died at the hospital.
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Monday, February 11, 2019

TX: Dog Shot by Man Claiming it was Killing his Rabbits

The Travis County Sheriff's Office confirmed they are looking in to what happened but so far haven't found signs of criminal activity. TCSO spokesperson Kristen Dark says the neighbor told police that the dog was on his property eating his rabbits.

According to attorney Eric Harron with the Law Office of Eric Harron, a state statute allows property owners to shoot animals that are threatening their livestock, crops or their life.
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NC: Home Invasion Gunfight, Resident Wounded Intruder hit 4 Times

During the investigation, police discovered that a resident shot at the alleged home invader.

That man was hit by gunfire multiple times.

The wounded suspect fled on foot to a residence on the 200 block of Moore Avenue. An ambulance transported that man to a hospital in critical condition, Togneri said.

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AL: Homeowner with Gun Catches Burglary Suspect, Stops Crime Spree

Turns out it’s not the only door the suspect knocked on. According to another victim, he knocked on their door Tuesday and allegedly returned on Thursday. After knocking on the door, the homeowner recognized him from his surveillance video and social media posts and met him at the door with a gun. He held him their until Prichard Police arrived to make the arrest.
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NC: Homeowner Shoots Intruder After Intruder Broke Door

According to the sheriff's release, the homeowner said Brown kicked in the door - busting the door casing - and continued to try to force himself into the home.

The homeowner told Brown to leave several times, but could no longer stop him from getting inside the home. The homeowner then shot Brown through the door, injuring him.
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Followup TX: Man who Carjacked Woman, Ran into Home was Austin Reed, 26

The ex-military man who grew up boxing managed to fight Reed off and ran toward his bedroom for his gun.

"He was kicking [the door] and hitting it, trying to bust the door so he could get to us. I opened the door and put the gun to his face and he took off running down the hallway," he said.

Outside, officers swarmed the home on Jackson Creed Drive and shot the man after he allegedly refused their commands to drop the knife.

"If Dallas police didn't tell me to drop my weapon I would've pulled the trigger," said Hernandez. "I would've pulled the trigger to save my own life and my friend's because that was pretty scary."
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Sunday, February 10, 2019

WI: Serving Warrant Results in Police Death

In Houston, on Monday, 28 January, a no-knock search warrant resulted in the wounding of four police officers and the death of middle aged couple who had owned their home for 20 years.

The deaths and woundings seem to have come from the use of the no-knock warrant. There have been many problems with no-knock warrants.

Thousands of no-knock warrants are used each year.

In Milwaukee, on 6 February, a Milwaukee tactical team was serving a search warrant in an investigation of illegal drug and firearms sales.

It is unclear if the warrant was a no-knock warrant. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports the warrant was announced from a loudspeaker during the attempted service of the warrant. From
The Tactical Enforcement Unit arrived to search a home in the 2900 block of South 12th Street at 9:17 a.m., and three minutes later officers made contact with two people and "shots were fired," Assistant Chief Michael Brunson Sr. told reporters earlier Wednesday.

Three law enforcement sources have told the Journal Sentinel Rittner was shot with a high-powered rifle. Two of those sources said Rittner was shot through a door.


A neighbor said he heard a loudspeaker calling out an address about 9:20 a.m. Wednesday and walked to his window. He then saw a black armored vehicle and police officers swarming the house and heard about five seconds of gunfire followed by someone yelling, "Shots fired!"
It is not known if the officers were attempting to break down the door of the house before, during or after the loudspeaker announcement. Here is part of the statement from the Milwaukee Police Department:
On Wednesday, February 6th, 2019, at about 9:17 a.m., the Milwaukee Police Department's Tactical Enforcement Unit responded to the 2900 block of South 12th Street to conduct a search warrant. The target of the search warrant was wanted for the illegal sale of firearms and drugs. While conducting the search warrant, officers announced themselves as police at which time the suspect fired several rounds. Officer Matthew Rittner was struck by gunfire and transported to Froedert Hospital, where he unfortunately succumbed to his injuries.

Unlike the Houston case, other officers on the scene did not unleash a hail of gunfire into the house. Two suspects were taken into custody. One of them was Jordan P. Fricke, 26.  Fricke was reported as being the target of the raid.  We do not know if his name was on the search warrant.

There is no mention of how Fricke was arrested, or if he claimed he did not know it was police who were attempting to break down his door. We know that he must have given up quickly and surrendered peacefully.  There was another person in the house who has not been identified. It is not clear if they were arrested.

I have not found any statement that any contraband was found at the house.

Fricke did not have any misdemeanor or felony arrests prior to the raid.

The search warrant has not been published as of this writing. 

I have not found any reports of charges being filed against Fricke or the other person in the house when the raid was conducted. 

It is unknown if recordings of the raid and gunfire are available, or if body cameras were worn.

The Wisconsin Department of Criminal Investigation is investigating the incident.

Wisconsin requires an outside agency to investigate police shootings.

Wisconsin has a strong "Castle Doctrine" statute. People may use deadly force to prevent an unlawful forcible entry of their home. There are exemptions if the person was engaged in criminal activity or if the person forcibly entering was a public safety worker, and the person inside knew, or reasonably should have known, they were a public safety worker. Here is the wording of the statute with the exceptions.  From
1. The actor was engaged in a criminal activity or was using his or her dwelling, motor vehicle, or place of business to further a criminal activity at the time.
2. The person against whom the force was used was a public safety worker, as defined in s. 941.375 (1) (b), who entered or attempted to enter the actor's dwelling, motor vehicle, or place of business in the performance of his or her official duties. This subdivision applies only if at least one of the following applies:
a. The public safety worker identified himself or herself to the actor before the force described in par. (ar) was used by the actor.
b. The actor knew or reasonably should have known that the person entering or attempting to enter his or her dwelling, motor vehicle, or place of business was a public safety worker.
I have doubts that a person inside a house would "reasonably have known" that the people breaking in were public safety workers, simply from a loudspeaker on the street.

There are many details about the raid that are not known at this time. They include the number of shots fired, what caliber(s) were used, whether officers returned fire, the particulars of the warrant, and whether any contraband was found at the house.

It could be days or weeks or even months before we determine if this is another tragedy caused by the overuse of no-knock raids.

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