Monday, March 18, 2019

AL: 19-Year-Old Shoots 49-Year-Old Intruder who Threatened Him with Knife

MPD said that a 19-year-old victim was standing in the middle of the street with a minor cut to his neck when officers arrived. The 49-year-old man, was lying on the floor inside the house. He was transported to the hospital with possible life-threatening injuries.

MPD said that the suspect forced his way into the 19-year-old victim’s house and threatened him and swung his knife at the victim.

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WA: Armed Neighbor Stops Armed Package Theif who Threatened Him with Knife

SPOKANE, Wash. - A south hill man says a package thief he confronted pulled a knife on him, and that's when the good Samaritan pulled out his concealed pistol.
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WV: Domestic Defense, Father Shoots Son who Attacked him with Knife

Kanawha County deputies said a son attacked his father with a knife during an argument Friday morning and was shot by his father.

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Sunday, March 17, 2019

Dick's Continues Losing Streak with Gun Control

Dick's Sporting Goods is committed to removing firearms from its stores. This reflects an ideological commitment by the chain's CEO, Edward Stack. The chain will be removing firearms from 125 of 720 stores.  From
DICK’S Sporting Goods is doubling down on its decision to tighten gun sales policies. The retailer will no longer sell firearms and select hunting gear at 125 of its 720+ namesake stores after testing the concept in 10 locations last year.

Nearly one year ago, DICK’S CEO Edward Stack admitted that the retailer’s assault rifle ban was “not going to be positive from a traffic standpoint and a sales standpoint.” The retailer stopped sales of the assault-style rifles at all 35 Field & Stream stores and ceased selling guns and ammunition of any kind to buyers under 21 after the Feb. 14, 2018 Parkland, Fla. high school shooting in which 17 people were killed.
Firearms sales are lower this year, in general, than they were in 2018. The slump is noticeable, but sales remain high compared to historical norms. The election of Donald Trump has removed much of the fear factor that powered sales in the record breaking election year of 2016. Even considering the industry wide slump, Dick's decision to blame guns for societal ills has cost it considerable business.  From
Many major gun companies have also since refused to do business with Dick’s. In one statement, O.F. Mossberg & Sons Inc., the parent company of Mossberg guns, urged shoppers to “visit one of the thousands of pro-Second Amendment firearm retailers to make their purchases.”

Dick’s has suffered financially; one shareholder last year even accused the company of “willfully giving up money.” As of November 2018, its sales were down almost 4 percent, and many gun rights advocates have pledged to stay away from its stores. In the investor call, Stack said that Dick’s continues “to see double-digit declines” in its gun business, and that the company “would expect that [sales] continue to be down.”
Dick's showed its antipathy toward guns and the Second Amendment, when it announced it would destroy the guns it was no longer selling in its stores, in February of 2018. It takes a special kind of commitment to an ideology not connected to your business, to destroy inventory worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.  This virtue signals to some people. Those people are probably a small minority of Dick's customer base. By virtue signalling to them, the store signals to the majority of its customers that it does not share their values.

The only substantive effect destroying the guns is to increase gun manufacturers profits. The manufacturers simply increase production to meet the demand that was not met by the guns Dick's decided to destroy.

It is not a good business model. Dick's hopes to make up for the drop in firearms and hunting products with an increase in online sales. What Dick's seems to be doing, is working hard to change their customer base to one that aligns better with ownership's ideology.

Business owner who separate business from politics have an advantage: they do not alienate any particular segment of society. 

 Market experts are wary of the change. They are waiting for the results.

Dick's does not rely on guns and hunting for the majority of their income. They are not Smith & Wesson, which was driven to near extinction by decisions gun owners deemed to be anti-Second Amendment. But they are not immune to the pain caused by the CEO's political decision.

They are being hurt by Second Amendment supporters refusing to buy at Dick's. Other retailers are paying attention.

Showing antipathy to Second Amendment supporters does not seem to be a wise business decision.

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PA: Store Owner Shoots, Kills Robbery Suspect

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- The suspect in an attempted robbery in West Philadelphia has died after being shot by a store owner, police said.

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Followup TN: Victim Explains why he Shot Yorkie: "I am not a monster"

When asked why he didn't call animal control, Seagraves said, "I've called animal control so many times, it is ridiculous."

The grandfather said he went into his home and retrieved his firearm. When he went back outside, Seagraves said, he did not immediately start shooting. However, the dogs came back and, once again, they were aggressive and threatening.

"I decided to fire two rounds into the ground to scare the little dog off. and it did. Scared the little black one off, but the little brown one did a trip around the car and came right back to biting me. All I can think is a dog that aggressive there has to be something wrong with it

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MI: Neighbor fires into Ground in Attempt to Stop Knife Attack

The Battle Creek Police Department says that around 4:35pm Wednesday, the 34-year-old victim had been approached by an unknown man in the first block of Kellogg St. in the Urbandale area. The suspect allegedly initiated a fight, and while both men were on the ground the victim was stabbed once in the stomach. As all of this was happening, a neighbor came outside and saw the fight, and fired a handgun into the ground.
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PA: Domestic Defense? Woman Shoots, Kills, Husband

TANNERSVILLE — A Pocono Township woman allegedly shot and killed her husband, Joevandie LaTorre, 41, in self defense on Wednesday afternoon.

Monroe County Coroner Thomas Yanac confirmed the identity of the victim and said that the autopsy revealed a single gunshot wound to the left chest on Thursday afternoon.

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Saturday, March 16, 2019

MD: Former Maryland Permit Review Board Member Physically Dragged from Hearing (video)

Image from Patriot Picket TV Youtube

On  8 March, 2019, joint hearings were being held on SB1000, a bill that would effectively abolish the appeals process to the Maryland Handgun Permit Review Board (HPRB). The sponsors of SB1000 are all Democrats.

A former member of the HPRB wished to testify about claimed inaccuracies about the Board that were printed in a Baltimore Sun editorial. The joint committee only allowed one minute for comments. It was not enough for Shari Judah to finish her comments. She refused to give up the microphone when asked to do so. From
Today in the joint hearings in Annapolis, former Handgun Permit Review Board member Shari Judah of Montgomery County was EJECTED by the plainclothes Maryland State Police when she continued testifying past the punitive one-minute time limit set by the Democrats intent on ending the HPRB's civilian appointee oversight of the MSP Wear & Carry process.

Ms. Judah, who could be regarded as an EXPERT witness on the functioning and value of the HPRB, was rudely treated as if her insights were of NO VALUE to the joint committees attempting to railroad through the disbanding of the Board.

As has been mentioned, the one-minute testimony time limit is a clear indication that MD Democrats have made up their mind that civilian oversight by Governor Hogan's appointees is to be eradicated because the oversight does not meet Democrat policy demands.

Civilian oversight of MD bureaucracies is the ultimate expression of the process whereby ELECTIONS HAVE CONSEQUENCES!

The video below is the work of our Patriot Picket press representative at the hearings. Please share this superior video version on social media
The video, on Youtube, shows MS Judah being ejected from the meeting.

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One minute was not enough. I do not know if the statement was submitted to the joint committee in writing. They often are.

The video of MS Judah being dragged out of the hearing, shouting  "You're a disgrace! You're a disgrace" is disturbing. The action is not illegal.

Committees must control their proceedings or they devolve into anarchy. The key here, is they only allowed on minute for comments.  Participants are always told their time limits. It is a way to limit dissent, but the committee members were voted into power.

We do not know if the bill will pass, or if the governor will sign it into law or veto the bill.

The bill uses administrative procedure to infringe on Second Amendment rights. The problem Constitutionalists face is they work to preserve the rule of law and to defend the Constitution.

Progressives do not believe in the Constitution; that effectively means they do not believe in the rule of law, which handicaps Constitutionalists.

Second Amendment supporters share Shari Judah's passion and disgust with the proceedings. But the Progressives on the committee will feel no disgrace. They do not admit there should be such a thing as disgrace. Morals, for Progressives, are situational, fluid, and adaptable to the moment.

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IN: Man Shoots One of Two Threatening Pitt Bulls

He said the dogs scared the cat up a tree. When the man went to check on the cat, he said he was surrounded by the two pit bulls. They were snarling at him, baring their teeth.He says he felt in fear for his life, so he fired his gun once. Bo was wounded and the other dog ran off.
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Followup WI: Man who Attempted to Steal Firearm from Open Carrier, and was Shot, found Guilty of Robbery with the Use of Force

MILWAUKEE — A man facing a charge of robbery with use of force after prosecutors said he was shot and wounded by a concealed carry permit holder he allegedly tried to rob was convicted on Tuesday, March 12.

A jury convicted Alasan Dawan on one count of robbery with use of force on the second day of his jury trial, which began on March 11. Dawan will be sentenced on March 25.

The incident happened at the Citgo gas station near 35th and Silver Spring on July 26, 2018.

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LA: Gunfight, New Orleans, Motive Unknown

SUPERINTENDENT’S MAJOR OFFENSE LOG3/12/2019 7:00:00 AM thru 3/13/2019 7:00:00 AM FIRST PLATOON Incident InformationC-15773-1934S-AGGRAVATED BATTERY BY SHOOTING03-12-2019 12:20 PM Hayne Blvd. / Burke Rd.Victim Information: Male, DOB: 05-31-1990Suspect Information: Unknown Gist: The victim stated he was standing at the bus stop when an unknown black male exited a vehicle and began shooting at him. The victim returned fire. The victim sustained a gunshot wound to the right thigh and was transported to UMC by NOEMS
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NM: Armed Clerk Shoots, Wounds, Armed Robbery Suspect

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A pizza shop employee shot and injured a suspect who deputies say had just robbed a southwest Albuquerque Little Caesars at gunpoint last Thursday.

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Friday, March 15, 2019

Chinese Penalties for Illegal Ownership of Guns and Ammunition

A Chinese man inherited some ammunition  from his father, who had been in the military.  Rather than turn them in, he kept them as a remembrance of his father. Through a set of unfortunate circumstances, the cartridges were thrown in the trash by a former landlord. They were found, and traced back to the man, who was sentenced to a year in jail. From
A man was sentenced to one year in jail for unlawful ammunition possession after he kept a box of more than 400 bullets left by his late father, who used to be a soldier, prosecutors in Qingpu District said.


Under Chinese law, one should be given a criminal penalty if he or she illegally owns more than 20 military bullets, 1,000 pellets for air guns or 200 non-military bullets.
When I started researching Chinese gun laws, I expected severe restrictions and draconian penalties, starting from the Chinese Communist takeover in 1948. I was surprised by facts that did not meet my preconceptions. Yes, guns are strictly controlled in China. Yes, there are penalties.  Most people who are found to have illegal guns or ammunition are not jailed or executed. They are detained for a few days and fined a week or two worth of wages. If you are selling guns, the penalties are more severe.

The other side of the story is guns are increasingly popular in China. There is a thriving black market in many types of guns.  Consider the excerpt above. A criminal penalty is only exacted if more than 200 non-military cartridges or 1,000 air-gun pellets are possessed. 200 cartridges for a hunting gun can be several years supply, perhaps a lifetime's worth for big game hunting.  I did not find the definition of  a "military cartridge".  Non-military likely includes .22 rimfire and shotgun shells with bird shot.  It may include some centerfire rifle cartridges.

In the United States, the District of Columbia has more draconian penalties. Only people with specific licenses from the District of Columbia are allowed to have ammunition. Those that have registered firearms are allowed to only have ammunition for that particular firearm. A single cartridge can result in a fine of up to $1,000 and a year in jail.

Until 1981, hunting rifles in China were not required to be registered! In 1981, registration of hunting rifles was required, but most people in China, over the age of 18, were allowed to own two hunting rifles! In 1996, the law was changed to make it very difficult for almost anyone to legally own a gun. Common air rifles, which had not been considered guns, were defined as guns by a change in the law.

This does much to explain the large numbers of illegal guns the Small Arms Survey estimated to exist in China.  China has the third largest number of privately held firearms in the world, at nearly 50 million!  Only 1.4 percent of those are registered.  Apparently, most of the guns owned before 1981, were not registered, and most were not turned in in 1996.  The Tiananmen Square protests and massacre occurred in 1989.

Education and industrialization in China have been increasing. The Small Arms Survey reports that craftsmen in the Songtao Miao Autonomous County in Guizhou province make black market semi-automatic pistols for about $45 each. In the coastal cities, they sell for about $1500. There is a thriving black market in guns in China.  From
China’s expanding underground gun trade is the byproduct of the state’s struggle with market forces. The state fears an armed populace, but a strict ban on gun ownership has only created a black market where the wealthy and well-connected can still buy guns with ease. With the growth of the Chinese economy, the gun trade will continue to expand in response to rising demand from a population with money to spend and an appreciation for weapons stemming from its culture and history. Currently, the gun ban is unlikely to be lifted, yet it is necessary for the Chinese state to recognize the unintended consequences of the ban, and how it allocates guns disproportionately into the hands of black society syndicates that constitute a threat to the livelihood of law abiding citizens, a phenomenon that will have long-lasting negative consequences for social stability.
In 2012, there was a significant crackdown on the illegal manufacture and sale of firearms, including air guns. 160 thousand guns were confiscated from 20 thousand suspects. Notice the ratio: eight guns per suspect. It appears only dealers were arrested. It shows a widespread underground manufacture of firearms for the black market.  From statistics released in January of 2013,
According to the most recent statistics released by the MPS, the police uncovered about 670 secret sites for the illegal manufacture and distribution of guns in the campaign launched in 2012.  After investigating around 14,000 cases involving the illegal possession, manufacture, and trade of guns and explosives, the police apprehended 20,000 suspects belonging to 360 criminal organizations; 160,000 guns and 2,780 tons of explosives were seized during the campaign.[69]
I expected the penalty for the illegal carry of a gun in China to be long term imprisonment, or even execution. Instead, the penalty appears less than the penalty for the illegal concealed carry of guns in two thirds of American States.

 The comparison is not clear and direct. In most American states, having an unloaded gun in your car is not illegal. Walking in the woods with a gun, in most American states, is not illegal.  Those circumstances would be considered illegally carrying of a gun in China.

The penalties for illegally carrying a gun in China were relatively minor.
The Law on Penalties for Administration of Public Security contains one provision on minor offenses related to illegally carrying firearms. A person who illegally carries firearms and ammunition, or crossbows and daggers, may be detained for not more that five days and may, in addition, be fined not more than 500 yuan; if the circumstances are relatively minor, he is given a warning or fined not more than 200 yuan. A person who illegally carries firearms and ammunition, or crossbows and daggers, to a public place or aboard public transportation may be detained for not less than five days but not more than ten days and may, in addition, be fined not more than 500 yuan.[64]
500 Yuan is about $75.  Much depends on what the police believe you were carrying the firearm for.  Chinese enforcement of the law is notoriously fluid. During the time a person is confined, the police are probably able to determine if the story you told them is true or false.

Carrying a loaded pistol concealed on your person in China might result in years on jail. Much would depend on who you know in the government.

China does not have a Second Amendment. The gun laws in China are extremely restrictive. On the other hand, enforcement of the law against people with small amounts of ammunition, and even guns, appears to be closer to American enforcement for traffic tickets than American misdemeanors or felonies.

There is a Chinese movement to make the firearms laws in China less restrictive. At the moment, it is having little to no success.

I am neither Chinese nor a lawyer. I welcome those with more personal knowledge to comment and aid in our understanding of the state of Chinese firearms law.

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TN: Clerk with Pistol Shoots Man who had Shotgun

The two men had been in an argument earlier in the day, Metro Police spokesman Don Aaron said. After Parham discovered the clerk had a gun on his person, he left the premises.

Based on witness interviews, detectives concluded Parham returned to the store at 2:40 p.m., carrying a shotgun.

That is when the clerk fired through the front window at him, leaving a hole in the glass and leaving the 26-year-old with critical injuries, Aaron said.

The clerk told detectives that he fired the shot because he was in fear of his safety and that of other persons inside the store.
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Followup TX: Man Who Claimed Self Defense Charged on Video Evidence

SAN ANTONIO - A man was arrested Wednesday after police obtained surveillance video that contradicts his self-defense claim in a fatal shooting that occurred in February, an arrest affidavit said.

David Medina, 40, faces a murder charge while Eva Sanchez, 23, faces a charge of tampering with or fabricating physical evidence in connection with the murder case.

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KY: Intruder Shot by Homeowner

According to Captian Jones with the Webster County Sheriff’s Office, a man walked into a home on 132 West in Clay and began yelling and screaming at the homeowner. The homeowner told the man to leave the home multiple times, Captain Jones says.
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TX: Gunfight, Robber Wounded, Bystander Wounded by Robber

Several masked men were robbing the office when an employee shot at them, wounding one of the men, the Harris County Sheriff's Office said. That robber returned fire, striking a woman in the leg.

The employee is believed to have a concealed handgun license, officials said.

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Thursday, March 14, 2019

Outdoor Writer Re-Thinks Pistols as a Defense Against Bears

Many people have a difficult time changing their minds once they have formulated an opinion, especially once they have committed to the opinion on the record. I am happy to say fellow writer Wes Siler is of better material than that. 

In a June, 2017 article, Wes was of the opinion that firearms, all firearms, were worthless as a defense against bears. He opined that, statistically speaking, a person, when attacked by a bear, was as well off without a firearm as with one. He depended on research which had some problems with selection bias. Wes, quite generously, quoted me correctly.  From
Like most tragedies, this one has become a canvas onto which various crackpots and special interests are painting their opinions. My favorite hot take has to be this one on the Truth About Guns, arguing that teenagers should pack heat while going on fun runs. “The runner was able and willing to carry a cellphone,” writes Dean Weingarten. “He could easily have carried a Ruger LCP II, which weighs about as much. Whether or not that would have been ‘enough gun’ for a black bear is not entirely germane. It would have given him a chance.”

Would carrying a small .380-caliber pistol have made a difference? A study of 269 bear encounters conducted in 2012 found that relying on a firearm (any firearm) as your primary line of defense gives you the same odds as carrying no defense whatsoever. Statistically speaking, Cooper was just as safe from bears running without a pistol as he would have been with one.
With a year and a half more experience available to Wes, as well as the salubrious effect of moving into grizzly bear territory in Bozeman, Montana, Wes has considered the evidence, and changed his mind. Good for him.  From
Having said all that, after completing Tactic’s training program (and others), I now carry a handgun in addition to bear spray each and every time I go somewhere there might be grizzly bears. And having completed the course, I know that gun might be the only tool I have capable of stopping a determined attack.

One of Tactic’s instructors actually survived a grizzly attack while elk hunting last year. A bear charged his hunting partner, who immediately deployed his bear spray. Unfortunately, the direction the bear was coming from was upwind, and the spray had no effect on the grizzly. Seeing that, the instructor drew his handgun and shot the bear dead. An investigation the next day ruled that shooting justifiable. The man saved his friend’s life.
The gun? A nine-millimeter Glock. It might be common to read on the internet that you need a huge revolver chambered in an impossibly powerful caliber to stop a bear, but based on real-world experience with bear attacks, Tactic teaches that it’s modern firearms and the modern shooting techniques they make possible that are most effective. 
Tactic sounds like an excellent course. It is only two days long and involves direct experience with a live, 850 lb trained grizzly.  Todd Orr is involved in the course. Having met Todd at the shot show, and interviewed him, I am sure he is an welcome addition.

I sent Wes a link to my research on how effective pistols are in defending against bears. Of the 37 instances I and associates were able to find at that time, only one was a failure.  That translated into a 97% success rate. Since then, we have found an additional 26 instances. The updated research will be published soon.

Unlike other researchers on the efficacy of firearms, my research includes a link to every incident, or a verifiable source. All the incidents have been verified as published in print or video. You can read about each incident and make up your own mind. The incidents are few enough in number that a purely statistical approach is not called for.

We have found bears can usually be stopped with ordinary pistol calibers. It is very likely that Patrick Cooper, the teen runner who was killed by a predatory black bear near Anchorage, Alaska, in 2016, would have been successful in defending himself against the bear, if he had a Ruger LCP. Patrick had time to get out his cell phone and text his parents he was being chased by a bear. He would have had plenty of time to draw a pistol and shoot the bear. The bear ran from his body as soon as it had been shot at and wounded.

Predatory black bears are easier to stop during an attack than grizzly bears, although black bears seem more resistant to bear spray.  There are several incidents where black bears have been sprayed and persist in their predatory behavior.

We have plenty of black bears. Every black bear who shows predatory interest in a human should be shot and killed. Bear spray is unlikely to stop the bear's next attack on a human victim. One of the great advantages of a pistol for bear defense is the high probability the bear will be killed.

Most bears, especially black bears that attack people are killed anyway, by governmental authorities. Better the bear be killed the first time it attacks someone.

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WI: Homeowner Finds Thief in House, Shoots, Kills Him


A would-be intruder is dead, and police are looking for a shooter, authorities said early Wednesday morning.

Milwaukee police says a man broke into a home near N. 65th Street and W. Congress Street around 8:45 p.m. Tuesday and had stolen items when the homeowner returned and fired shots.
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Followup NC: Second Trial Finds Jason Clary Not Guilty in Self Defense Shooting of Travis Harold

ALEXANDER COUNTY, NC (WBTV) - An Alexander County man charged with first-degree murder has been found not guilty by a jury following nearly three years of legal proceedings.

Jason Clary was tried in the shooting death of Travis Harold after the two men got into an argument in Clary’s driveway on April 11, 2016.
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PA: Homeowner Shoots at Confrontational Theif

The homeowner confronted the man, who began advancing toward the homeowner, Gordon said.

The homeowner fired two shots at the man, who left the scene. Police do not know if anything was stolen or if the suspect was shot. He had not been located as of 5 a.m., Gordon said.
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NV: Ex Bounty Hunter Confronts Porch Pirates

As for any other porch pirates thinking about targeting his neighborhood, Mazzola offers some final words.

"We got guns, we got cameras, you know. Don't come to the Timberlakes. That's the message I can tell you. You don't wanna come rob in our neighborhood."
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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Washington State Considering Banning Prohibitted Possessors from Making Guns

Washington State Capitol

In December of 2018, the Attorney General of Washington State, Bob Ferguson, a far left Democrat, proposed strong prohibitions on the manufacture of 3-D printed guns.   From
“This is common sense,” he told KIRO Radio.”Ghost guns are a real threat — because they’re made out of plastic, they can go through security at your Seahawks game or at your airport.”

The proposed legislation would not only ban the production and distribution of ghost guns, but also the dissemination of written instructions on how to print one yourself at home, be it on a website or via email.

It would also increase the criminal penalty for using a ghost gun in a felony.

This would only apply to guns that “cannot be reliably detected by a metal detector,” and would not extend to legal, detectable firearms.
Undetectable firearms are already prohibited by federal law. But ignorance of the law appears to be a sufficient excuse if you are a politician. Moreover, such firearms as might be undetectable use ammunition which is detectable.

Perhaps AG Ferguson happened to read the part of the First Amendment about freedom of the press and freedom of speech. Forbidding dissemination of instructions on how to print a gun with a 3-D printer would likely fall under the protections of the First Amendment. Perhaps wiser heads in the Washington legislature prevailed.

On 4 March, 2019, a much modified bill was passed in the Washington State House, 55-41, with 2 excused.

The measure is considerably restrained and reworded from what Attorney General Bob Ferguson proposed earlier.  From
(1) No person may knowingly or recklessly allow, facilitate, aid, or abet the manufacture or assembly of an undetectable firearm or untraceable firearm by a person who: (a) Is ineligible under state or federal law to possess a firearm; or (b) has signed a valid voluntary waiver of firearm rights that has not been revoked under RCW 9.41.350. For purposes of this provision, the failure to conduct a background check as provided in RCW 9.41.11336 shall be prima facie evidence of recklessness.
The bill has been sent to the Washington State Senate, where it has been assigned to a committee.

The bill appears to do very little; it only makes it illegal for prohibited possessors to make their own guns; and only if the guns meet the "undetectable" test.

There is the inclusion of those who have voluntarily waived their rights to own, possess, and purchase firearms. This is an unusual law in Washington State. I have not heard of another state that has implemented this concept.

The idea is that if you do not trust yourself to own a firearm, you make it legally more difficult for you to obtain a firearm or to possess one. Washington State has a system whereby State Police are required to place you on the list of prohibited possessors maintained in the National Instant background Check System (NICS). A person who does this may not request to be removed from the NICS system for seven days. If they request to have their name take off of the NICS system, the State Police have seven days to do so.

We may never know how many people trust themselves so little as to ask to have their choices reduced by taking advantage of a voluntary waiver of firearms rights. Part of the statute is that all records produced, as required by the statue, are not subject to disclosure through the Washington State public records act.

As prohibited possessors are already forbidden by law from possessing firearms, this law falls under the general category of making the illegal even more illegal. Perhaps it might aid a prosecutor some day in making a plea bargain.

Its general effect seems to be to signal to those who wish for a disarmed population, that the AG and legislature are doing something.

Second Amendment supporters prefer legislation that merely has a frightening appearance, to legislation that has frightening effects.

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NC: 61-Year-Old Woman who Shot, Killed Man, acted in Self Defense

A 30-year-old man found shot to death inside a Newport News rooming house Saturday likely was killed by a female resident acting in self-defense, a police spokesman said Monday.

The 61-year-old woman shot the man during a dispute inside the 55th Street home at about 2 p.m., Newport News police spokesman Brandon Maynard said following an initial police investigation.
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Followup UT: Man Shot, Killed by Homeowner, Identified

MURRAY — Police identified a man who was shot and killed by a homeowner after entering a Murray house uninvited Sunday, officials said.

Andrew W. Miller was shot by the owner of a home near 440 E. 5900 South shortly before 7 p.m., according to Murray police detective Ken Bass. Miller was taken to a hospital and died from his injuries later that day.
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WA: Father Fires Shots to Stop Intuder; Son Aids in Capture

“He was hiding behind the door here and then he had another knife over here,” McDaniel said. He said the suspect kept reaching inside his coat and appeared to be reaching for a gun.

“He tosses the knife down with this one and he continues to reach so I fired the warning shot off to the side,” McDaniel said.

He said the suspect didn’t give up

“Then he just goes into full combat fight, he's going to fight all of us,” McDaniel said.

He said they got into a fight but he and his son were able to pin down the suspect.
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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

OR: Dogs Attack Pregnant Cow, One Dog Shot, Killed

She initially thought it was a cougar attack and called her neighbor for help. Her neighbor came down, armed with a gun and notified her it was actually two pitbulls attacking the cow. Heidebrink went outside with her neighbor. One of the dogs was subsequently shot and killed. The other, according to Heidebrink, turned toward her but ran off.
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NM: Chicken Killing Dog Shot

Clayton denied an on-camera interview, but he admitted to shooting Max with a .22 caliber.

He said he found Max on his property with one of the chickens in his mouth. He said some of the responsibility falls on animal control as they were called before any of the shootings and didn't do anything about it.
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MO: Domestic Defense? Luxury Apartment, Woman Shoots Man in Leg

A woman shot a man in self defense Sunday morning at a luxury apartment in the South Loop.

The pair was arguing at 10:54 a.m. in an apartment in the 1000 block of South Clark when the man started battering the woman, according to Chicago police. The woman then opened fire, striking the attacker in the leg.
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UT: Intruder Shot to Death by Armed Homeowner

MURRAY (KUTV) — (UPDATE 3/10/19 8:21 p.m.) -- Police say one person is dead after a shooting in Murray.

That person was an intruder inside a Murray home and was shot to death by the homeowner.
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Followup IN: No Charges in Shooting Death of Phillip Sullivan

"Immediately prior to the shooting, the driver asked Mr. Sullivan multiple times to exit her vehicle," said Michael Leffler, spokesman for the prosecutor's office. "Mr. Sullivan instigated a physical altercation in an attempt to take the driver’s handgun from where she had it secured on her person." One shot went off from the handgun, killing Sullivan.
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Monday, March 11, 2019

MS: Homeowner Shoots Man who Approached him with Shovel Handle

The man was shot one time through the shoulder. Police say no charges have been filed in the case against the victim nor the shooter.
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GA: Man Shoots Tresspasser found in Home

FOX 5 has learned the 28-year-old was also charged with criminal trespass just three weeks ago. In that case, a homeowner on Lucille Avenue found White inside his home. That homeowner left, called 911 and arrested White.

"We do advise homeowners to exit the property and call the police so we can handle it," said Officer Brown.

The homeowner on Arthur Street handled things differently and neighbor Jimmy Thompson says he did the right thing.
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FL: Domestic Defense? Woman Shoots, Kills Husband

An investigation is underway after a woman allegedly killed her husband at their condo in Southwest Miami-Dade.

According to police, the incident happened at the Oasis Condominiums on 67th Ave near 47th Street.

Police said a woman, who has not yet been identified, fired a gun at her husband and then called 911.
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Sunday, March 10, 2019

MO: Employee Disarms Robbery Suspect

The suspect reportedly entered the BP Gas Station in the 3140 block of Olive and announced a robbery around 6 p.m. The suspect was in possession of a gun at the time, according to police.

An employee at the gas station then got into a fight with a suspect, during which the employee was able to take the suspect’s handgun.
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MI: Fugitive Confronted by Armed Homeowner

Sanilac County deputies pursued him into Lapeer County, then into Tuscola County. Martin eventually rammed a patrol vehicle and drove into a field where he got stuck, according to police.

Martin then fled on foot and entered a Frankenmuth Road home where he tried to steal a car, but was confronted by the homeowner with a gun.
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WA: Real Gun Beats Fake Gun

EVERETT — A man was in critical condition Friday after being shot Thursday night in south Everett.

The man reportedly used a fake gun to try to rob someone during some kind of transaction. The intended target had a real gun and shot him, according to police.
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TX: Gunfight, Employee Shoots, Kills Robber

An employee of the restaurant at 1601 S. Main St. told Midland police that a man – later identified as Eduardo Orellana – was attempting to rob the business and shot at him. The employee then fired back and hit Orellana, who died at the scene.
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Saturday, March 09, 2019

Werewolves among us. Understanding Human Predators

Thug convicts from India, circa 1840

On 24 November, 2018, at 5783 East Limoges Drive in Columbia, Missouri, Ahmonta Harris was shot and killed. Harris was a popular community leader who considered politics as a career. He was 26 years old. From
“It takes action to get things done,” he was quoted as saying in a January 2017 article about community members working toward positive change.

He was involved with the plans to create a community center in the city’s north neighborhood, referring to himself as a community leader who knew the area, he said in a February 2017 article.

In 2012, Harris served as a panel member at a Silence the Violence forum in which he shared his experience with violence in Columbia. Harris aimed to be a role model for the city’s youth, he said in an article about residents coming together to promote awareness of crime in the city.

Most people in the United States believe human life has value; most believe it is wrong to steal, rape, and murder.  Those attitudes are the result of a long struggle against human nature, to build Western Civilization based on Judeo-Christian values.  It is an outlier in human history. Most of us take it for granted. 

The most dangerous people are those who have not accepted the core values of our society. To them, people outside their inner circle have no value, except as a resource to be used and consumed. They camouflage themselves to look like "normal" people. They are looking for opportunities to prey on the unwary.

Massad Ayoob writes, in The Truth About Self Protection, the best analogy for career criminals is werewolves. From page 4-5, in my paperback edition:
To most of you, criminals are as alien as supernatural beings. The best analogy is with werewolves.
Werewolves look like an ordinary person in most circumstances. But inside is an extremely dangerous predator who will kill and victimize without conscience. 

Ahmonta Harris was an exceptionally dangerous person. He was killed by his intended victim during an armed invasion of an occupied house.

The second story window in the home had been left open 3-4 inches. Harris likely noticed this as an opportunity to victimize and steal.

He waited for a dark night, parked his girlfriend's car out of sight of the house, left his cell phone (turned off) and wallet in the car, put on black sweat pants and black hooded sweater, gloves, mask, and black sneakers.

Harris had no adult criminal record.  Evidence was found where he had scaled the outside of the home to access the roof and the second story window.

Missouri Weather on 18 November, 2018, was overcast and drizzly. It would have been very dark at 11 p.m. The house is in the city; there may have been a little light from other lights in the neighborhood.

According to the Prosecutor's report, Harris entered through the window, accosted the occupant of the bedroom, Deonte Gainwell, and demanded money while targeting Gainwell with the laser sight on Harris' Glock 26 9mm.

Records show Harris had purchased the Glock legally in 2017, at a gunshop in Columbia. Most criminals know not to use a firearm that can be traced back to them.  In this case, it did not matter.

Harris' victim, 20-Year-Old Deonte Gainwell, also had a pistol, a Glock 23, in .40 caliber. The bedroom was very dark. When Deonte told Harris he did not have any money, Harris worked the slide on his Glock 26. It may have been meant to intimidate Deonte. It was a clear, deadly, threat. Instead, Deonte shot Harris multiple times, killing him.

On Harris' facebook page, Harris openly glorified crime and lawlessness.
Y’all laughing at them for stealing $1,900 worth of merchandise from Hibbit but I’m low key pissed. I know them muthafuckas had some shit i can fit. I got love for good,fearless boosters. I say we chip in and bond those innocent citizens out. Not all heroes wear capes. They just wear stolen shit. Somebody tell Jabe that I’ll buy all them “one thangs” from em but the price go down since he in jail.
Less than two months later, on 17 January, 2019, Deonte Gainwell, who defended himself from Harris, was murdered. Below, he defended himself from accusations he had murdered Harris. From
Gainwell identified himself on Facebook as the shooter of Harris, during what he said was a self-defense killing during a home invasion Nov. 24 in the 5700 block of Limoges Drive.

“I set some shit up cuz mfs ran in my momma’s house thinking I was a (explicative)?” Gainwell wrote in a Dec. 5 post responding to accusations from Harris’ father. “Sorry that it had to be neighborhood hero but he shouldn’t have been in my momma’s house.”

“He was found dead in my mama’s shit with gloves on, blacked out outfit and a mask and gun next to his body,” Gainwell wrote. “Stop slandering my name. Buddy got caught with his hand in the wrong cookie jar.”
The Prosecutor released the report showing the extensive investigation that vindicated Deonte Gainwell's self defense shooting of Ahmonta Harris.

The report was released on 23 January, 2019, six days after Deonte had been murdered.

Ahmonta Harris was well liked in his community. His criminality was not well hidden; he openly admired criminals on his facebook page.

We will never know how many people Ahmonta Harris victimized without being caught. It is highly unlikely the home invasion/attempted robbery was his first rodeo. We know Harris will not victimize others in the future.

If you have many Ahmonta Harris types in a community, the rule of law is severely compromised. Private justice, the vendetta, and endless retaliatory violence predominate. Harris did not need to steal to eat. He had a decent job with the City of Columbia. He wrote that people leading the "thug life" should have life insurance, to make their families well off if they were killed.  Maybe he didn't know that life insurance polices routinely exclude deaths that happen while performing illegal activities.

Our society has been exceptionally successful at instilling respect for the rule of law. It is hard for most people to realize other people exist who do not value human life.  People to whom others are simply prey to be used for whatever value they can gain.  Historically, people who do not value others outside their tribe are not unusual. They are the default setting for the human condition. Throughout the vast experience of humanity, the willingness to prey upon, kill, rape, and enslave others outside your tribe, is the norm.

Every human child is a wild animal who must be taught the norms of civilization, family values, and morality, if civilization is to endure. We destroy the time proven institutions of family, church, and culture at our peril. When we do so, we produce more werewolves who do not value those outside their inner circle. In evolution, this comes from the instincts of the killer ape. In Christianity, it is original sin. The werewolves and thugs are not products of our culture. They are failures of our culture to transmit values that made us the most successful culture on the planet.

"Thug culture" has its etymological origins in the cult of Thugee, which used to exist in the Indian subcontinent. The Thugs did not value human life outside of their circle. Humans who were not Thugs were merely prey, to be murdered and robbed with efficiency, as a religious duty, and as sport. Thugs would befriend travelers until the most advantageous circumstance were arranged. They would murder groups of travelers with ruthless efficiency.  Their religion required them to murder and steal.

One of the great achievements of British rule in India was the eradication of  Thugee.

Inner city gangs are proto-tribes who do not value the lives of outsiders. Inner city neighborhoods from which police are removed see murder rates skyrocket.

To protect yourself from the werewolves and thugs in our society, you need to realize they exist.

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Followup TX: Grand Jury Decides No Charges in Shooting of Curtis Shelly

KILLEEN, Texas — The Bell County Grand Jury met Wednesday and no charges were returned in the shooting death of Curtis Shelley, Bell County District Attorney Henry Garza confirmed Wednesday.

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TX: Gunfight, Clerk Shoots, Wounds one of two Armed Robbery Suspects

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- A robbery suspect was killed and a second ran away after a liquor store clerk opened fire in southeast Houston, police say.

The clerk opened fire during a robbery Wednesday night at Mike's Liquor Store in the 8700 block of MLK Boulevard near Reed.
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KY: Armed Homeowner Shoots, Wounds Burglary Suspect During Confrontation

Police were called to a report of a burglary in progress and a shooting in the 2800 block of Smilax Avenue around 6:55 a.m. Thursday, according to LMPD spokesman Dwight Mitchell.

Mitchell said the homeowner told police he saw a man breaking into his detached garage and during a confrontation he shot the suspect.
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Followup FL: Former Police Officer found Guilty of Shooting Man who had Concealed Carry Permit

(CNN)A jury found a former South Florida police officer guilty Thursday in the fatal shooting of a motorist whose vehicle had broken down.

Nouman Raja was working for the Palm Beach Gardens police when he shot and killed Corey Jones, 31, on October 18, 2015. He was convicted on two counts -- manslaughter while armed with a firearm and attempted first-degree murder -- in Palm Beach County court. He'll be sentenced April 26.

Jones was a drummer who had just played a gig and was heading home when his car broke down around midnight. He had called for a tow truck after making several calls to a roadside assistance service, according to Benjamin Crump, an attorney for the family.

Raja -- who was on duty but was wearing civilian clothing and driving an unmarked car -- pulled up to check out what he thought was an abandoned vehicle at 3 a.m., authorities said.

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Friday, March 08, 2019

Bump Stock Case Expedited by Court of Appeals in DC

The appeal by the Plaintiffs against the BATFE in the bump stock ruling has been expedited.  The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has ordered the parties to submit briefs by March 4th of 2019. That is extraordinarily fast by U.S. appeals court standards.

The original ruling by the Circuit court hinged on the notion that ordinary words are ambiguous, and an agency can reverse previous rulings when the agency decides to do so.  From the opinion:
Most of the plaintiffs’ administrative law challenges are foreclosed by the Chevron doctrine, which permits an agency to reasonably define undefined statutory terms. See Chevron v. Nat. Res. Def. Council, 467 U.S. 837 (1984). Here, Congress defined “machinegun” in the NFA to include devices that permit a firearm to shoot “automatically more than one shot, without manual reloading, by a single function of the trigger,” 26 U.S.C. § 5845(b), but it did not further define the terms “single function of the trigger” or “automatically.” Because both terms are ambiguous, ATF was permitted to reasonably interpret them, and in light of their ordinary meaning, it was reasonable for ATF to interpret “single function of the trigger” to mean “single pull of the trigger and analogous motions” and “automatically” to mean “as the result of a self-acting or self-regulating mechanism that allows the firing of multiple rounds through a single pull of the trigger.” ATF also reasonably applied these definitions when it concluded that bump stocks permit a shooter to discharge multiple rounds automatically with a single function of the trigger. That this decision marked a reversal of ATF’s previous interpretation is not a basis for invalidating the rule because ATF’s current interpretation is lawful and ATF adequately explained the change in interpretation.
The Chevron doctrine gives enormous power to the administrative bureaucracies. An agency is not required to be consistent. An agency can change its interpretations of the law virtually arbitrarily, as long as it can conjure up some justification of reasonableness.

One of the major challenges to the bump stock ban is that it reverses long standing interpretation of the statute by the BATFE.

Both of President Trump's appointees to the Supreme Court, Justice Gorsuch and Justice Kavanaugh, have been critical of the Chevron decision and its consequences. From
The Chevron doctrine, which is named for a 1984 Supreme Court case, played a big role in the confirmation battle for Gorsuch, who wrote a scathing concurring opinion slamming the doctrine shortly before he was nominated for the high court. Senators focused several questions on the doctrine during Gorsuch's multiday hearing.

While Chevron is unlikely to make front-page news during the Kavanaugh confirmation process, the debate over the future of the doctrine remains strong, particularly in conservative legal circles.
The Chevron decision gives enormous power to unelected officials. It undercuts the rule of law, as interpretations of a rule can be reversed at any time, arbitrarily, and without any change in the law by Congress.

When the Chevron decision was made, it was the D.C. Circuit court that was undercutting the democratic process, by applying the court's interpretation of  regulations, which often seemed at odds with what Congress had intended.

Chevron was meant to stop the abuse of power by the D.C. Circuit, but unintentionally gave enormous power to the bureaucracy.

It is difficult to accurately assign motivations to an appeals court or to the Supreme Court based on the timing of appeals.

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FL: CCW Permit Holder Shoots Armed Felon

According to Hallandale Beach police, officers were called to the area of Foster Road and Northwest Sixth Avenue near Foster Park on Tuesday afternoon after gunfire erupted during a fight.

Police said Duverge had been shot in the foot and a 9-year-old girl was shot in the neck.

Authorities said several witnesses claimed Duverge was seen holding a silver, semi-automatic gun and fired the weapon. One of the witnesses, who has a concealed firearms permit, told officers he returned fire, authorities said.
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WV: Domestic Defense, Wife Shoots, Kills, Husband

One person is dead after an early morning shooting in Cabell County.

The Cabell County Sheriff tells 13 News a call came in a little after 4 a.m Thursday for reports of a shooting.

The sheriff says Cathy Elder told 911 dispatchers she shot what she believed to be an intruder.

That man, according to the sheriff, was Cathy Elder's husband, 52-year-old David Elder.
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NM: Couple Shot after Breaking into Home with Knife and Baseball Bat

Benevides was allegedly holding a knife and Torres was holding an orange baseball bat, according to documents.

Police said the homeowner reached for a gun near the front door and shot both of them.

According to court documents, after being shot both suspects ran off, collapsing on Canada Street, about 75 yards from the home.
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TX: Homeowner Shoots, Wounds Burglary Suspect

A Kenefick homeowner shot a burglary suspect in the back around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 5, at a property on the 2100 block of FM 2797, authorities say.

The homeowner, Joshua Fields, was on alert after a burglary at his home earlier in the week. Several items were stolen in that burglary.
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Gun Background Checks: How the State Came To Decide Who Can and Cannot Buy a Firearm

Re: 116th Congress

H.R.8 - Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019

"With H.R.8 being introduced last month and passing in the House, the understanding of background checks is ever more important. How does the state choose who can and can't own a gun? Are these checks reliable or can they be falsified?

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Thursday, March 07, 2019

MO: Homeowner Shoots, Wounds Intruder at 4 a.m.

At about 4 a.m., a man forced his way through the front door of a home in the 1300 block of South McHenry Street in eastern Independence.

“At some point there was a confrontation between him and the homeowner,” said Independence police spokesman Tom Gentry. “The homeowner had a weapon and shot the intruder.”

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AZ: Dolmestic Defense, Woman Shoots Husband who Attempted Break-In

When officers arrived the victim told them her husband, 27-year-old Ryan Welch, tried to force his way into the home. When Welch got inside, 32-year-old Kyle Fox from Prescott Valley, opened fire on him with a handgun.

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TX: Man Shoots, Wounds 1 of 4 Home Invaders

A 22-year-old man told police two men and two women asked him for gas money for someone he knew, Pace said.

"He said he was pepper sprayed and the (people) forced their way in," Pace said. "He fired rounds to protect himself and struck the 18-year-old woman."
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Wednesday, March 06, 2019

On Friday, 1 March, 2019, Constitutional Carry, SB 150, passed the Kentucky House with a vote of 60-37

On Friday, 1 March, 2019, Constitutional Carry, SB 150, passed the Kentucky House with a vote of 60-37.  On 14 February, two weeks earlier, SB 150 passed the full Kentucky Senate, 29-8.

The bill was watched intently by Second Amendment supporters.  It passed the House just before 1 p.m.

Gutshot II, a longterm, vigorous contributor to, was in the gallery of the House of Representatives in Kentucky when SB150 passed.

Gutshot II: 
I am sitting in the gallery of the House Chamber now. They will start soon.
The bill has passed and is being sent to the governor for signature.
Gutshot II:
I was there. Vote was 60-37.
 Now the bill goes to Matt Bevin, the strongly conservative governor of Kentucky. Governor Bevin is widely expected to sign the bill into law. Matt Beven was given an endorsement by Gun Owners of America in his governors race.

When Governor Bevin signs SB150 into law, Kentucky will become the third state this year to pass a Constitutional Carry, or "permitless" carry bill in 2019. Kentucky will become the 16th state with Constitutional Carry.

Governor Matt Bevin has said he will sign Constitutional Carry. From
Gov. Bevin said Friday afternoon to Gray TV that he would sign the bill.
"It doesn't break new ground. It simply says that people do indeed have the right to keep and bear arms," said Gov Bevin. "... For those people who are offended at this idea and don't like it, there are other places in America where they could live."

Gov. Bevin also said he is a concealed carry gun owner and that this bill is a constitutional carry bill.

South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem signed SB47, South Dakota Constitutional Carry into law on 31 January, 2019. She signed the bill only a week after passage. That is considered to be very fast as these things happen. Noem quickly kept her campaign promise. Noem set the stage for Oklahoma and Kentucky.

Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt likely set records when he signed the Oklahoma Constitutional Carry bill just two hours after it was passe on 27 February, less than a month after the South Dakota bill was passed.

We will see how long it will take Governor Bevin to sign SB 150 for Kentucky.

It is only two months into 2019, and three additional states have joined the Constitutional Carry club.

The term Constitutional Carry means the state has returned the law to a close approximation of what it was when the Bill of Rights, including the Second Amendment, was signed, in 1791. At that point no permits were required to carry deadly weapons, openly or concealed.

How many other states might pass Constitutional Carry in the remainder of the year?

No other state is as far along as Kentucky. Alabama has a Senate Judiciary committee hearing scheduled on their Constitutional Carry bill, SB4, for 3 March, 2019.

Several other states have bills in the legislative works.

It is possible that one or two more states could pass Constitutional Carry bills in 2019.

The 15 states that have passed Constitutional Carry are:

1791:  Vermont has had Constitutional Carry as long as the Bill of Rights existed.

2003, Alaska passed Constitutional Carry to restore the exercise of Second Amendment rights.

2010, Arizona passed Constitutional Carry.

2011, Wyoming passed Constitutional Carry.

2013, Arkansas passed Act 746 into law. It is effectively Constitutional Carry. Some county prosecutors threaten prosecution, but it has not happened.

2015, Kansas, and Maine became Constitutional Carry club members.

2016, Idaho, Missouri, West Virginia, and Mississippi became Constitutional Carry states.

2017, New Hampshire, and North Dakota passed Constitutional Carry.

2019, South Dakota and Oklahoma passed Constitutional Carry.

Kentucky is waiting for Governor Matt Bevin's signature.

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MS: Woman Wounded While Breaking into Vehicle

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) - Jackson Police Department is investigating a shooting at a residence in the 3800 block of West Capitol St.

The victim was transported with a non-life-threatening injury to the hand.

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NM: Armed Homeowner Wounds Two who Broke into Home

The New Mexico State Police are investigating a home invasion that happened on Canada Street.

Police say it was an attempted burglary. The homeowner shot at a man and woman who broke in.

The intruders ran off but were later found on Valencia Drive. They were taken to the hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

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OH: 80-Year-Old Deli Owner Runs Armed Robbers from Store

Makkal said one of the would-be robbers tried to get him to open the cash register. That’s when the owner said he pulled out his gun and shot at the men. The suspects ran from the store.

"I shot one shot then he got down and ran," Makkal said, "Then the other robber went to the end of the store and asked me not to shoot him, but I put my gun in his face."

The bullets from the owner's gun shattered the glass coolers. The owner was not hurt.
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Tuesday, March 05, 2019

OH: Two Shot, One Killed, Attempting Break-in

“A few minutes later, the department received a second call that a subject had been shot trying to break into a home in the 400 block of Summit,” Thompson said. “The 1100 block of Evergreen Street intersects with the 400 block of Summit Street.”

When police arrived, they saw two 17-year-old juveniles that had sustained gunshot wounds, Thompson said.

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OH: Domestic Defense? Disarm? Woman Shoots Man

The woman, in the call to 9-1-1, said she takes full responsibility for shooting the man she said has her money and other items. She said she was protecting herself and her children.

She told the emergency dispatcher she took the man’s handgun, fired a warning shot at him, then shot him when they were outside her apartment building in the 1200 block of Huffman Avenue. He re-entered the apartment and her daughter called 9-1-1.

The daughter told the emergency dispatcher the man was hitting her mother and was trying to shoot her mother. The woman took the phone from her daughter and related what happened.
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MS: Woman Shoots at Attacking Dog, Hits Neighbor

Police say a woman fired several shots at a dog attacking her, but her neighbor was injured from the gunfire.

“One of the bullets striked him in the right leg and came out through his left hand,” said William Haralson.

Haralson’s 19-year-old son was taken to the hospital but is expected to survive.
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Death of a Friend: Don Cowling, 1934-2018

Don at Middleton Sportsmen Club, 2004
Don Cowling at Middleton Sportsmen Club, Wisconsin, 2004

Donald G. Cowling, Jr., was born on 25 April, 1934, on a small farm in the Town of Vinland near Oshkosh, Wisconsin. He was the only child of Donald G. Cowling, Sr. and Doris Small Cowling.  I was told the farm was small, 40 acres, with railroad tracks running through it. Donald Senior worked for the Railroad for 37 years.

Don grew up on the farm and took to shooting early. His father was not a hunter or a shooter, but Don's uncle was. He vividly remembered being worried about having BB's during World War II, and purchased a significant supply to last the duration. He was only eleven when the war ended.

Don took to carrying a gun early, pre-teen.  He started with a .32 rimfire revolver, which he soon traded for a beat up .22 that required hand indexing.  By age 16 he had purchased a new H&R 922.  He was seldom without a handgun from the age of 12. Don never sold his personal guns. When he died, his collection was worth about a hundred thousand dollars.

Don told me he was tied near the top of his high school class of 142 students, academically and athletically, with another young man. The records showed the tie was in science, the Debate Team, and track.  Don was fourth in his class.

He graduated from Neenah High School in 1951. He came to the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in 1952.  He was one of the top shooters at the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team in 1953. Tragedy stuck Don when his mother became very ill, and died in August of 1954.  Don went home to help take care of his mother.  In 1955 he went back to the University. He was a member of the ROTC University of Wisconsin championship pistol team that year.

Don at High School Graduation, 1951, age 17
Don at High School Graduation, 1951, age 17

He worked his way through school;  Don started working for the University of Wisconsin in 1955, and for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, as a temporary, limited term employee, in 1957. He became a life member of the National Rifle Association (NRA) the same year. Don received his Bachelor's of Science degree in 1958. I have written about the world record rat hunt that happened just north of Madison in 1957. Don was that hunter. Don demanded privacy. I kept that promise. Don knew I would reveal his identity after he died.

I met Don at the University of Wisconsin in 1970. He was already a lifetime NRA Pistol Master, an achievement he had attained three years earlier.  Don was the number one  shooter of the Badger Pistol League. I was #19 out of 51. In 1970, Don achieved his Second Degree Black Belt in American Self Protection, a martial art developed for American unarmed defense. For many years he taught martial arts and self defense.

Don in glasses on left, teaching martial arts, 1970

Don in glasses on left, teaching martial arts, 1970

Don was my friend and mentor for 48 years. We grew closer in the last couple of decades. During that period, I talked to Don nearly every day. I can thank new technology and the demise of the Bell monopoly for the ability to be able to talk every day from 2,400 miles apart.  I could not have afforded that luxury under the Bell monopoly.

Don was frugal. He kept track of every penny for decades. He stopped smoking cigarettes in 1963. He stopped working for the University of Wisconsin in 1967, at age 33. He had put in enough years there to qualify for a small Wisconsin Teachers pension, when he reached 65. It was a tiny part of his income.  Don avoided debt almost entirely. He purchased his first car for cash. The only debt I know of was a small note he took out on a house he purchased in 1965, with a double lot, for $11,400.

Don had the resources to live as he liked. He chose to live modestly. 

He did considerable fix-up on the house. He rented the place out. He was still the landlord when he died, 53 years later. On the second lot, Don built a garage with an office/shop underneath. He called it the "Bunker", and built it almost entirely by himself, by hand. It was designed to be secure and to operate as a fall out shelter. Built on a slope overlooking lake Mendota, it is in a beautiful and modest neighborhood. The slope conceals the door of the Bunker from the street. The lots were inexpensive in 1965. Today they are prime real estate.

Don spent a lot of time at the Bunker. It is uncertain how many nights he spent on the foldout bed there. Decades, I suppose. Don spent much time living with long-time significant other, Eva Mallot. They were a couple for nearly 14 years. There were 2-3 years where they broke up and came back together.  The Bunker had a bathroom, but no kitchen. Don generally ate out, with friends.

I lived in the Bunker for a couple of months after Don died. I found it comfortable, cosy, secure, and private. Don's journals revealed more details than Don had shared with me over the decades.

I assumed Don was a lady's man. He was intelligent, capable, sociable, and talented.  He had great empathy. He was both a superb listener and conversationalist. While he was well off, he did not flaunt his prosperity. When I told him I thought of him a lady's man, about 1983, he smiled ruefully and shook his head. I learned I had been correct. He was active until he was 60, a decade later.  His non-verbal answer was his way to keep things compartmentalized, to keep his private life private. He was discreet, and did not kiss and tell.

After he stopped working for the University in 1967, he had plenty of time to do whatever he wanted. He was a modest card and pool shark. Money from these activities supplemented his official earnings.  The returns from cards and pool might have been ten percent of his "normal" income. He saved prodigiously and invested wisely. By 1967, at age 33, he was financially independent.

Don's work for the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) was undercover. He worked for, and was loyal to, the head of special investigations in the DNR.  He spent over 30 years as a limited term employee of the DNR. This meant he never had retirement benefits from the DNR. He took the assignments he wanted to take. He did it because he was exceptionally good at it, and because it gave him the legal status, as a law enforcement officer, to conceal carry everywhere. For most of his life, Wisconsin had no official concealed carry permit. Don was seldom separated from one of his model 36 Smith & Wesson .38 revolvers. He purchased his main carry model 36 in 1962 for $54.10. A Berns-Martin holster cost $17.

Don drew the potent little S&W at least once in a confrontation, but did not have to fire it. Don spent quite a bit of time in rough bars, but he avoided fights. With his intelligence, verbal skills, and ability to read people and situations, he did not need to use his martial arts in bar room brawls.

Don planned long term and was meticulous about details. He maintained a Federal Firearms License for decades. He was a licensed private investigator in Wisconsin. He maintained a blasters license.

A good deal of Don's life was centered around the Middleton Sportsmen Club. He was one of the people who made the organization work. As treasurer, he kept the organization in the black. He donated thousands of hours to keeping the club up and operating.  He was granted a lifetime honorary membership to show the club's appreciation. I was a member while attending graduate school at Madison. Don dominated pistol competitions at the club. He often shot left handed, to handicap himself. One member told me he won a competition, left handed, in his eighties, with a score of 294 out of 300.

Don organized and fought against the creeping erosion of Second Amendment rights in Madison. It was a losing local battle, but we eventually won that war at the State Capitol, decades later.

Don demonstrated to me that frugality and saving were the way to financial independence. When he died, Don's estate was worth a hair less than ten million. While Don lived frugally, he enjoyed the security of his investments.

He lived on his terms. He lived well, and privately. Many of his friends knew only parts of his life. Champion shooter, martial artist, undercover agent, investor, instructor, lover, hunter, friend.  Don had many friends, and a busy social schedule.

For the last 20 years of Don's life, he exercised regularly and rigorously. His goal was to walk a distance equivalent to the circumference of the Earth.  He seldom missed his daily walk of five miles. He wore ice cleats when ice and snow were a problem. When he died, he was only a few hundred miles short of that goal.

He left no heirs. His estate was donated to Alzheimer's research.  He hated and feared the disease, but it was cancer that brought him low. He battled the disease for 14 years. Most of the time, he was in remission. He was mentally lucid and sharp until the end. I wrote about his last moments shortly after he died.

Don wasn't a Christian. He was the rare non-believer in rural Wisconsin. His immediate family were not religious or members of a church.

Don was one of the few people I would have trusted with my life, without question.

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Monday, March 04, 2019

New Mexico Counties Refuse to Sign on to Questionable Background Check Law

 image from New Mexico Shooting Sports Association

Green Counties have passed Second Amendment sanctuary resolutions.

Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham of New Mexico claims that background checks are Constitutional. In the Heller decision, Justice Scalia wrote that regulation of commercial sales was deemed Constitutional. The regulation of private sales has not been reviewed by the Supreme Court, to my knowledge. The Supreme Court has ruled the federal government cannot force the states to conduct background checks, at least, not without paying for them. It seems unlikely a state could require the federal government to conduct background checks for that were not required under federal law.


Governor Grisham seems to have a problem with numbers.
New Mexico has 33 counties. About two thirds of the counties in the state have passed Second Amendment sanctuary resolutions.

Ruidoso News has published there were 21 counties of the 33 in the state that had passed Second Amendment sanctuary resolutions as of 26 . From as of 26 February, 2019:

NM Second Amendment Sanctuary Counties
About two thirds of the counties in the state qualify as more than a "few" in my dictionary.

As shown in the map at top, the New Mexico Shooting Sports Association counts 23 counties as having passed Second Amendment sanctuary resolutions.

It is likely more counties will become Second Amendment sanctuary counties.

Update: On 28 February, Lea County voted unanimously to become a Second Amendment sanctuary county. Cibola County has been reported as passing a Second Amendment sanctuary resolution.

On 22 February, 2019,  Sheriff Tony Mace of the New Mexico Sheriff's Association said  29 county sheriffs were in favor of passing Second Amendment sanctuary city resolutions. Only three counties were against the resolutions. They were: Bernalillo County, Dona Ana County, and Santa Fe County.  All three are where the urban population centers are located.  From
Cibola County Sheriff Tony Mace is on the board of the New Mexico Sheriffs’ Association. He, along with 28 other sheriffs, are trying to pass or have passed resolutions to not require their deputies to enforce the gun bills that are before state lawmakers.

“We have 29 sheriffs stand up and speak in (the) Legislature, saying we don't support these bills. It's not what we want. They don't help us in our day-to-day jobs,” Mace said.

Mace said many of the proposals are unenforceable, unconstitutional and do not help protect the people in his community.
Benalillo County has Albuquerque, Dona Ana County has Las Cruces, and Santo Fe County has Santa Fe.  One county had not been contacted, Los Alamos Count. It is the smallest county in the state.

This may create problems for the Democrats in New Mexico. Some of the counties on the sanctuary list are strongly registered Democrat.  From
 Rio Arriba County is largely rural like other counties on the “sanctuary” list, but stands out because of its strong blue tint politically — 75 percent of Rio Arriba registered voters are Democrats.
The Rio Arriba resolution says the commission affirms its support for “decisions by our sheriff to not enforce any unconstitutional firearms law against any citizen” and that no county resources should be used to enforce any law “that unconstitutionally infringes on the right of the people to keep and bear arms.”
Here is a link to the resolution passed in San Juan County, New Mexico, on 19 February, 2019. Here is the last paragraph of the San Juan County resolution:

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this Board will not authorize or appropriate government funds, resources, employees, agencies, contractors, buildings, detention centers or offices for the purpose of enforcing a law that unconstitutionally infringes on the right of the people to keep and bear arms.
Voting maps of the United States show a clear rural/urban split. Urban areas tend to vote Democrat. Rural areas tend to vote Republican. There are exceptions, of course, and rural Democrats add significant amounts to the Democrat vote totals.

It remains to be seen if the discontent with Democrat New Mexico gun control activism will translate into loss of Democrat seats in the legislature.

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According to KSWO, the victim has been identified as Eric Nelson. He was pronounced dead the scene.

Officers were later called to the same area where they spoke with a man, Corey Akers, who said he shot Nelson.

“Akers went on to say that a male matching Nelson’s description pulled a knife and attempted to rob him. Akers reportedly told police he then pulled a handgun and shot multiple rounds at Nelson,” reports KSWO.

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