Thursday, June 28, 2007

New gun control: Shut down shops

Store says feds confiscating licenses for inadvertent trivia

The government is using paperwork errors as small as the abbreviation of a city name to shut down some of the nation's longest-serving gun shops, and 2nd Amendment advocates fear the right to bear arms will mean little if there's no way to obtain a gun. "No good deed goes unpunished," Larry Pratt, of Gun Owners of America, told WND while confirming that as recently as 15 or 20 years ago, there were 250,000 licensed gun dealers in the United States.

Today, the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives told WND, there are 108,381, and if more cases involving dealers such as Red's Trading Post of Twin Falls, Idaho, develop, that number will plummet quickly.

Ryan Horsley, a spokesman for Red's, which has been in business 71 years, said the store has been battling over its license because of rules infractions such as a missing poster for more than six years. He's launched an online petition asking Congress to intervene and halt the "blatant targeting of law abiding dealers." It also seeks a "fair, constitutional and speedy appeals process" and has attracted thousands of signatures. His company also has a federal lawsuit pending against the ATF over its announcement that Red's firearms dealership license was being withdrawn.

Attorney Mark Geston said the case asks the court to review the statute and the "propriety" of the decision that was made. Horsley said the reason Red's is facing a revocation is - at most - insignificant paperwork mistakes.

More here

Nebraska burglary. Race is mentioned. I wonder why? "A couple being robbed in their home Monday night was able to fire a shot at the burglars, police said. At about 10:30 p.m. Monday, police said three white men entered at home at 11029 Jones St. through an open garage door. The residents told police the robbers demanded money at gunpoint. One of the residents was able to grab a gun and fire. No one was hit and burglars got away."

California: Violent barber shop invasion (Race not mentioned this time): "Police are looking for a gunman in connection with a morning gun battle at a local barber shop that left at least one of the shooters injured. Officers on the scene found a 31-year-old Antioch man, who is a barber at the shop, bleeding from several gunshots to his legs. He is in stable condition at a nearby hospital, Addington said. The barber told police that he was alone inside the barbershop when a man walked in and started spraying gunfire. The barber pulled out a .45 caliber handgun that he had in his waist band, and returned fire, Addington said. The gunman fled and jumped into a Buick Park Avenue that sped away. Nearly two hours later, police received a call from an area car dismantler and salvage yard about a suspicious car that had just been left there. A man dropped it off minutes before wanting to buy windshields to replace the car's front and back windows, which had been shot out, Addington said. The car was also punctured by myriad bullet holes. The driver fled the scene before officers arrived at yard, Addington said. Detectives are actively investigating leads to the gunman's identity, Addington said."

1 comment:

Yishai said...

GREAT BLOG. I read it every day.

Check this post and video on a CCW guy taking out two armed robbers in a Subway store: