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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Suspects dead after attempted home invasion in Fayetteville

by Ryan Sullivan

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — Two men who attempted to invade a Fayetteville home early Friday morning died after a gun fight with the homeowner, according to WTVD.

WTVD reports the exchange of gunfire happened shortly after 3:30 a.m. at a house in the 7500 block of Levi Road.

Both suspects fled the scene after the exchange, WTVD reports.

According to WTVD, one of the suspects, 20-year-old Xavier White, was later found shot on Martha Court.  He was taken to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center, where he later died, the station reports.

The second suspect was found dead around 5:45 a.m. along the shoulder of the roadway in the 5400 block of South Sumac Circle, WTVD reports.  The second suspect’s name has not been released.

The homeowner was also wounded in the exchange, the station reports.  The homeowner’s name has not been released, either.

No other details were immediately available.

Fayetteville police are investigating the incident and ask that anyone with further information would call them at (910) 433-1856 or Crimestoppers at (910) 483-8477.


Homeland Security Actively Collecting Gun Owner Info and confiscating firearms

Homeland Security Actively Collecting Gun Owner Info, Collaborating With States

Dept of Homeland Security played an active role in meeting and collaborating with NY State Officials to develop and implement the confiscation scheme that targeted David Lewis and an as yet unknown number of others.

News out of Missouri has recently revealed that Govt Officials in that State have been transmitting the records of all State Residents holding firearms carry permits to the Dept of Homeland Security as well.

Its easy enough to say that the situation in NY is a “one off”, “happenstance” incident with no evil intentions and blame it on a confusing State Law that was rushed through the Legislature without anyone reading it or understanding its real world effects.

But when the same activity The Dept of Homeland Security is alleged to be deeply involved in: in two separate States with exerting their powers to collect information on private American Citizens who have committed no crime and own firearms, then that is not a coincidence, its the beginning of a peak behind the current of exactly what the Federal Govt is up to.


Manchin-Toomey "compromise" doesn't outlaw registry, it creates one!

The “Pro-Gun” Provisions of Manchin-Toomey amendment to Senator Reid’s gun control bill, which supporters claim will outlaw national gun registration in fact authorizes a national gun registry.


County Sheriff is Ready to Confiscate Weapons From Your Home

I received some disturbing information this week. Sheriff John McMahon’s staff has a “list” of names that have been compiled by the Department of “mentally ill” individuals who have guns registered to them. It is the intention of the Department to confiscate these guns without due process.

Just last week, the California Senate approved a $24 million funding bill to expedite the process of collecting guns from owners in the state who legally acquired them but have since become disqualified due to mental illness.

Such was recently the case for one woman, who had been in the hospital voluntarily for mental illness last year that she says was due to medication she was taking. Lynette Phillips of Upland, CA said she had purchased a gun years ago for her husband, David, as a present. That gun, as well as two others registered to her law-abiding husband (who does not have a history of felonies or mental illness), were seized.

Her husband is upset that they took the right from him that should never have been taken.

But according to the state of California, that doesn’t matter.

“The prohibited person can’t have access to a firearm” regardless of who the registered owner is, Michelle Gregory, a spokeswoman for the attorney general’s office.

The California Department of Justice is running a program to confiscate registered guns from homes that local law enforcement refused to implement. It’s called the Armed Prohibited Persons (APPs) program.

Merely being in a database of registered gun owners and having a “disqualifying event,” such as a isn’t sufficient evidence for a search warrant, So the officers often must talk their way into a residence to look for weapons.

How does the Department know who is mentally ill and who at the Department defines mental illness?

Gun owners are losing their 2nd Amendment rights without due process.

HIPAA Laws are likely being compromised and the 4th and 5th Amendments are being violated in some of these cases.

Just like anyone, I do not want a mentally ill person to own a firearm. But I do not want the government taking guns from sane people they call mentally ill.


Ammo shortage encorages hoarding, scalping; affects law enforcement

East Texas stores ration ammo as shortage affects law enforcement
By Sarah Thomas sthomas@news-journal.com

A nationwide ammunition shortage prompted Gregg County Sheriff Maxey Cerliano to notify deputies in March that they would have to supply their own ammunition for this year’s firearm qualifications — something Cerliano had never done in 13 years in office.

The sheriff was able to pull the plug on that plan this past week, when the department’s bullet order, placed more than 60 days ago, finally came in.

The shipment arrived just in time, since Gregg County deputies must renew their firearm qualifications this month, Cerliano said.

“I have instructed my firearms instructor to place another order so we don’t end up in this jam again,” Cerliano said, adding that, normally, such an order would not be placed for several more months.
“It’s still hard to come by in bulk,” the sheriff said.

Like Gregg County, law enforcement agencies nationwide are feeling the squeeze as ammunition flies off the shelves across the country.

A spokeswoman for the Tennessee Highway Patrol said the agency was waiting on rifle and shotgun ammunition ordered in November.

The national and statewide ammunition shortage continues to push up demand and prices while stripping some store shelves bare as gun owners rush to stockpile ammunition in anticipation of new gun laws.

The fear of new gun legislation stems from a string of mass shootings — Oak Creek, Wis., Aurora, Colo., and Newtown, Conn., — that many believe could lead to passage of new, stricter state and federal gun control statutes.

The shortage has pushed prices up from $3 to $11 per box in the past 30 days, said Jack of Pawns owner Kay Martin.

Martin said the price of a 50-round box of 9 mm hollow point bullets went from $24.95 to $34.99.
A 25-round box of .40 caliber bullets increased from $24.95 to $32.95, she said.

“We’re doing everything we can not to pass the increased prices onto our customers, but if it’s going up $10 a box on us, we have to go up $10 a box on the customer,” Bowling said.

She added that ammunition for many caliber handguns is difficult to find.

She said long-gun calibers such as .223, .308 and .3030 are also difficult to find.

“Ammo for the .22 long rifle is impossible to get right now,” she said.

Bowling believes the military and government requests for ammunition also is adding to the shortage.

Scalpers also are buying any and every kind of bullet they can find.

“These people are buying it and then selling it on eBay or right out of their trucks, and they are charging more than double for it,” Martin said. “They’re no better than scalpers.”

Godell said he has a wide range of items on back order, including handguns, semi-automatic rifles, primers and gun powder.

“We have seen shortages, but this is a new animal altogether,” he said.


Friday, April 12, 2013

Supreme Court may take up Gun Rights Case

The Supreme Court is expected to consider a new appeal aimed at loosening state restrictions on firearms

The National Rifle Association and 20 states are backing an appeal by five New York residents who claim that the state law violates their constitutional gun rights.

"if left unchecked, will accelerate the lower courts' resistance" to the Supreme Court's endorsement of gun rights.

The court could say as early as Monday whether it will hear the case

Police overwhelmingly favor an armed citizenry

Extensive Survey of Police Officers shows that 
police overwhelmingly favor an armed citizenry

In March, PoliceOne conducted the most comprehensive survey ever of American law enforcement officers’ opinions on the topic gripping the nation's attention in recent weeks: gun control.
More than 15,000 verified law enforcement professionals took part in the survey, which aimed to bring together the thoughts and opinions of the only professional group devoted to limiting and defeating gun violence as part of their sworn responsibility
Totaling just shy of 30 questions, the survey allowed officers across the United States to share their perspectives on issues spanning from gun control and gun violence to gun rights.
Top Line Takeaways
Breaking down the results, it's important to note that 70 percent of respondents are field-level law enforcers — those who are face-to-face in the fight against violent crime on a daily basis — not office-bound, non-sworn administrators or perpetually-campaigning elected officials.
1.) Virtually all respondents (95 percent) say that a federal ban on manufacture and sale of ammunition magazines that hold more than 10 rounds would not reduce violent crime
2.) The majority of respondents — 71 percent — say a federal ban on the manufacture and sale of some semi-automatics would have no effect on reducing violent crime. However, more than 20 percent say any ban would actually have a negative effect on reducing violent crime.  
3.) About 85 percent of officers say the passage of the White House’s currently proposed legislation would have a zero or negative effect on their safety. 

4.) Seventy percent of respondents say they have a favorable or very favorable opinion of some law enforcement leaders’ public statements that they would not enforce more restrictive gun laws in their jurisdictions. Similarly, more than 61 percent said they would refuse to enforce such laws if they themselves were Chief or Sheriff. 

5.) More than 28 percent of officers say having more permissive concealed carry policies for civilians would help most in preventing large scale shootings in public. 

6.) The overwhelming majority (almost 90 percent) of officers believe that casualties would be decreased if armed citizens were present at the onset of an active-shooter incident. 

7.) More than 80 percent of respondents support arming school teachers and administrators who willingly volunteer to train with firearms and carry one in the course of the job. 

8.) More than 81 percent say that gun-buyback programs are ineffective in reducing gun violence.

Bottom Line Conclusions
Quite clearly, the majority of officers polled oppose the theories brought forth by gun-control advocates who claim that proposed restrictions on weapon capabilities and production would reduce crime.
In fact, many officers responding to this survey seem to feel that those controls will negatively affect their ability to fight violent criminals.
Contrary to what the mainstream media and certain politicians would have us believe, police overwhelmingly favor an armed citizenry, would like to see more guns in the hands of responsible people, and are skeptical of any greater restrictions placed on gun purchase, ownership, or accessibility.
The officers patrolling America’s streets have a deeply-vested interest — and perhaps the most relevant interest — in making sure that decisions related to controlling, monitoring, restricting, as well as supporting and/or prohibiting an armed populace are wise and effective. With this survey, their voice has been heard.


Tuesday, April 9, 2013

More states passing PRO gun laws than those passing gun "control" laws

Despite President Obama's ongoing push to build support for gun-control laws, states have passed more measures expanding rather than restricting the right to carry firearms.

Arkansas eliminated prohibitions on carrying firearms in churches and on college campuses. South Dakota authorized school boards to arm teachers. Tennessee passed a law allowing workers to bring guns to work and store them in their vehicles, even if their employer objects. Kentucky shortened the process for obtaining licenses to carry a concealed gun.

Those laws, along with the long odds for major federal gun-control legislation, show how the march toward expanded gun rights in recent years has hardly slowed since Mr. Obama pledged to use the "full force" of his office to tighten limits

This year, five states have passed seven laws that strengthen gun restrictions, while 10 states have passed 17 laws that strengthen gun rights.


NY confiscating guns and suspending permits...

The New York State Police are suspending the handgun permits of people in the state who are prescribed anti-anxiety medication, according to Jim Tresmond of the Tresmond Law Firm in Hamburg, New York. Tresmond Law specializes in firearm litigation.

“We are representing a client right now who is impacted by this onerous activity of the government,” Tresmond told WBEN, a news talk radio station in Buffalo, New York.
“We were flummoxed by this whole matter,” the attorney said. “The HIPPA act is supposed to prevent this kind of thing from happening. It’s a gross invasion of our privacy rights.”

Another reason we need carry on campus...

CYPRESS, Texas — A student who told police he'd fantasized for years about stabbing people to death was charged Tuesday with carrying out a building-to-building attack at a Texas community college that wounded at least 14 people, many of whom were stabbed in the face and neck, authorities said.
The Harris County Sheriff's Office said in a statement that 20-year-old Dylan Quick used a razor-type knife, and that he told investigators he'd been planning the attack at the suburban Houston campus for some time. Two people remained in critical condition late Tuesday.

Kansas considering Pro-Gun legislation

By John Milburn

Kansas legislators late Friday overwhelmingly approved measures that would let people carry concealed firearms into more public buildings and prevent federal agents from confiscating weapons made in the state, sending them on to Gov. Sam Brownback.

The bills were approved by large majorities as legislators adjourned to begin a monthlong break. The Republican governor, a supporter of gun rights, has not yet indicated whether he will sign the legislation.

The concealed-carry bill passed the House 104-16 and the Senate 32-7. It would let people with permits bring firearms into public buildings deemed to have adequate security, such as metal detectors and trained guards. It also would allow public schools and colleges to arm employees.

The concealed carry bill would allow weapons inside the Statehouse, but only if legislative leaders decide the building is secure after a 10-year renovation project is finished in 2014.

The other bill declares that the federal government has no power to regulate guns, ammunition and accessories that are made, sold and kept exclusively in Kansas. The bill would make it a felony for a federal agent to enforce restrictions on such items.

Supporters said the bill is constitutional because the items would not leave Kansas and thus are not subject to the U.S. Constitution's interstate commerce clause.


Florida Carry, Inc. warns Hillsborough County about preemption

By Lee Williams

Florida Carry, Inc.a nonprofit watchdog that represents thousands of concealed carry licensees and gun owners, occasionally has to remind local governments that state preemption statutes  prohibit them from enacting their own local firearms laws. Otherwise local lawmakers could create a “patchwork” of gun-free zones that would make travel difficult if not impossible for anyone who was armed.
The Hillsborough County Commission recently tasked County Attorney Chip Fletcher to explore ways that the county could enact its own ordinances to ban certain types of firearms and ammunition
This is dangerous ground for a local government and the elected officials involved. Each commissioner could face a $5,000 civil fine. If Florida Carry or another group files a lawsuit, the commission could be forced to pay attorney fees and damages up to $100,000.

Sean Caranna, Florida Carry’s founder and executive directer, sent a stern warning to Fletcher about the consequences of going forward with the commission’s instructions.
Here’s a copy of the email:  (SEE LINK)


Pro gun legislation under consideration in Texas

Courtesy NRA-ILA

Texas has a unique legislative process.  A bill which receives a favorable vote in a House committee is not automatically considered on the House floor.  It simply gets reported to the House Calendars Committee, which decides not just when – but also if – it will be ever be debated by all 150 state Representatives.  Not many bills make it out of House Calendars Committee.  Here are two NRA-backed measures that have been sent to this committee that need your attention:

House Bill 47 by state Representative Dan Flynn (R-Van) would reduce the number of required classroom hours for an original Concealed Handgun License (CHL) from 10 to 6.  This change would make it far more convenient for CHL applicants to obtain a license to carry and exercise their right to self-defense.

House Bill 508 by state Representative Ryan Guillen (D-Rio Grande City) imposes civil fines on state agencies, cities or counties which improperly post 30.06 signs prohibiting CHLs from property which is not off-limits to them under the Texas Penal Code.  It also gives the Texas Attorney General the ability to sue to collect the civil penalties if the offending agency or political subdivision fails to remove the sign after having been notified of a violation. 

Please call and e-mail members of the House Calendars Committee at their capitol offices and urge them to set both HB 47 and HB 508 on the House Calendar as soon as possible.  Contact information for these Committee members can be found here.