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Email to Kate at the Dart Center on their Media Workshop on Guns and Gun Violence

Sat, 01/24/2015 - 22:26

By Dean Weingarten

Dean Weingarten

Arizona - -(Ammoland.com)- The Dart Center for Journalism & Trauma has accepted money from the highly partisan Everytown for Gun Safety to put on a two day seminar on covering guns and gun violence.  They have already been criticized for creating a propaganda vehicle using money supplied by Michael Bloomberg.   As their article includes the sensationalist and discredited claim that there have been “nearly 100 school shootings”  since Sandy Hook, it is hard to consider them unbiased.   Nonetheless, I sent the point of contact an email asking that she include voices with assumptions other than that of Michael Bloomberg.  Here is the email that I sent.

Kate:

I am sure that you are aware of the criticism of the Dart Center for accepting highly partisan money for the workshop.   I expect that the center will take measures to insure that presenters are balanced and offer views both for and against some kinds of legislation; presenters whose assumptions are that guns create more violence, and presenters whose assumptions are that guns lead to less violence.

Please send a list of those who will be presenting at the workshop.   I suggest that you include John Lott, as the major researcher who wrote “More Guns, Less Crime”.     Lott also wrote a book on “The Bias Against Guns” which included academic research about how the media cover gun issues.   I would think that research alone would make him a “must have” presenter.

Another presenter might be Alan Korwin, who lives in Phoenix, and who has been a critic of the way that gun related stories are covered in the media, for years.   He is nationally recognized as an expert on gun law.

I would be interested in attending the workshop.  I write about gun laws and self defense on a regular basis, have media credentials, and am published mostly in online gun related media such as “The Truth About Guns” and “Ammoland”   I taught the concealed carry course in Arizona for 15 years, and have strong opinions on the subject of current media bias against armed citizens and in favor of highly restrictive gun laws.   I hope to be pleasantly surprised by the balance chosen in presenters.    

Dean Weingarten

I will be looking forward to Kate’s reply, and will be sending her a more formal request to attend the workshop.

It appears that Kate is ignoring me.  It would have been polite to at least tell me that the Dart Center is not interested, will not send me a list of presenters, or simply finds me unsuitable.   I have sent another email detailing some of the problems that are in the Center’s invitation, if they are to maintain any credibility on guns and gun violence.   The consensus of the other media that I talked to at the Shot Show was that they simply did not care what we think, and will do the bidding of Bloomberg and those that he funds.

I will wait a little more for a reply to my second email.

c2014 by Dean Weingarten: Permission to share is granted when this notice is included. Link to Gun Watch

About Dean Weingarten;

Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of constitutional carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and recently retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.

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Third Shooting no Charm for Property Owner in Cleveland

Sat, 01/24/2015 - 15:46

By Dean Weingarten

Dean Weingarten

Arizona - -(Ammoland.com)- Property owner Miodrag Burgacic defended himself and his property one too many times in crime ridden Cleveland.  He has shot people who were attempting to steal from him twice before, and been able to hold people without shooting them at least once.   No charges were filed in those incidents. From theblaze.com:

Miodrag Bugarcic seems to attract criminals like a magnet.

But because the Cleveland businessman has used firearms to thwart crimes on his property multiple times — once with lethal results — why crooks keep trying to rip him off is anybody’s guess.

After the third shooting, which happened on February 13th of last year, police found that Bugarcic shot at the burglary suspect as he fled.   From 19actionnews.com:

A plea deal for shooting and wounding a man he said he’d found stealing wire in an empty old industrial building he owns on Cleveland’s east side.

Cuyahoga county prosecutors say Bugarcic shot the guy coming in to the warehouse, then twice more running away.

That seems to be the basis for the assault charge.   Bugarcic faces time in prison, but I do not know the details of the plea bargain.  But now that he has plead guilty, he will have a felony conviction for assault.  He will not be able to legally own a firearm.   There might be credit for time served, or probation.  From 19actionnews.com:

Bugarcic faces two to eight years in prison. The price he’ll pay for protecting his property but going too far.

The crime level in Cleveland is very high.   When there are more high risk confrontations, there are more chances of something going very wrong.   Bugarcic won the fight, but has lost the legal battle.

I suspect that it would have been different if the burglar had been armed with a gun.   In that case, a defender can not know if the suspect is running away, or simply running to a position for better cover.  Even small handguns can be a deadly threat from a hundred yards away.  Shooting at someone who is armed with a firearm, but is momentarily moving away from you, is often justified.

I may not have been clear enough on the fact that when a person is running away, it is usually not justified to shoot them.  From VerySadAmerican on freerepublic.com:

“Why wouldn’t the shooting be justified if the thief still had the wire he was stealing in his hands.”

In most jurisdictions, it is not lawful to use deadly force to protect against minor property loss. There are exceptions, but that is the way it is in most places. The value of the property stolen might not have even made it to the level of a felony.
You are not allowed to use deadly force to stop minor crimes if no one’s person or life is in danger.

Do not shoot at people who are running away from you and are no longer a threat.  If they have a weapon or weapons that can reach you from a distance, it may not matter if they are running away.   It would be difficult to know if they are running away or to a better position to attack you.

c2014 by Dean Weingarten: Permission to share is granted when this notice is included. Link to Gun Watch

About Dean Weingarten;

Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of constitutional carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and recently retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.

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Store Owner Shows use of Cover in Gunfight Video

Sat, 01/24/2015 - 12:46

By Dean Weingarten

Dean Weingarten

Arizona - -(Ammoland.com)-
Many people do not think much about the use of cover in self defense.  This is a mistake.   Much of the time, if and when you have to defend yourself, cover will be available and should be used.  Cover protects you from bullets and other weapons, or from access by the aggressor.   As the objective is to escape unharmed, rather than to damage or kill the aggressor, taking cover is usually a higher priority than shooting back.

In this gunfight video out of Cleveland, Ohio on 6 January, 2015, the store owner, Fares Naser, makes good use of cover.  You can see that he has his pistol in his right hand when the suspect enters the store.  The suspect draws a pistol his pocket, and Fares seeks cover behind the counter and to his left.

Link to video:

What is not so obvious from the video is that this position gives Fares additional protection from the suspect because of the extension of the counter and the display with the ‘No Credit Period’ sign to the right of the customer in the screenshot below.  It is not clear if the display will stop bullets, but concealment from your adversary can be nearly as good as cover.

The suspect starts shooting and Fares fires back, causing the suspect to flee. There are a couple of places in the video where it looks as though Fares made a hit, but it might be a simple defensive startle reaction from the suspect. There might not be any DNA evidence from the shots because of the winter clothing that the suspect is wearing.

Still using the counter and display/extension for cover, Fares shows a two handed hold.  While not definitive, the ejection port and slide shape of his pistol reminds me of the Walther PPK series.  It is likely either a .380 or a .32.

Many people like to put the thumb of the support hand over the back of the dominant hand for two handed shooting, as shown by Fares in this picture.  I recommend against this because I have seen too many thumbs with cuts and scrapes from the slide cycling back and forth.  I did not see any damage to Fares left hand, so this technique worked for him.

Taking cover protects you.  It gives you time to assess the situation, draw your pistol, formulate a quick plan.  As you consider how you might react in various defensive situations, consider how you might use cover to your advantage.

Numerous posters have stressed the difference between cover and concealment.  From freerepublic commenter tet68:

Always know the difference between cover and concealment.
A concrete planter is cover, a cardboard cutout of
Obama is concealment.

Parris Island taught me that.
This clerk could have shot the perp right through the
counter and vice versa.

SargeK replies:

All true but many if not most people who are untrained or inexperienced in close quarters will not attempt to shoot through concealment. Don’t know why but you can see a number of amusing videos on YouTube of people reaching over and around counter displays, glass cases, etc to try and shoot someone when they could just step back and fire right through the obstructions.

A knowledge  of what bullets will penetrate what is essential to knowing what is cover and what is concealment.

c2014 by Dean Weingarten: Permission to share is granted when this notice is included. Link to Gun Watch

About Dean Weingarten;

Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of constitutional carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and recently retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.

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Pistol as Impact Weapon worked; with Unintentional Discharge

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 13:24

By Dean Weingarten

Dean Weingarten

Arizona - -(Ammoland.com)- Jerry Pierson, burglary and assault suspect

Guns are built to take punishment.  Pistols are most often dense and hard, with a convenient handle.   They make fairly good improvised impact weapons.

That is what happened in Oklahoma recently.   A home invader who is a suspect in several other burglaries in the Ardmore area, was caught in the act by James Collins and his father-in-law.

The suspect, Pierson, had a knife, and had already used it to stab the father-in-law when Collins arrived on the scene.  From kxii.com:

“I didn’t know he’d been stabbed when I came out. So my first instinct was just to protect him,” said James Collins.

Police say suspect, Jerry Pierson, had a knife, and at this point, had already used it on Collin’s father in law. Collin’s had a gun, and used it to hit Pierson, repeatedly, but says Pierson wasn’t giving up.

“No matter what I did he kept trying to get away, trying to crawl away, trying to get away, telling me he’s going to kill me, stab me. I mean, he was just out of his mind, it was, it was crazy,” said Collins.

Pierson is lucky that he was not killed.  With the knife, the stabbing, and the threats, Collins would likely have been justified in shooting him.  Instead, he chose to use the pistol as an improvised club.   It could still be deadly, especially if applied to the head.   Pierson ended up in the hospital.

One problem with using a pistol as a club is that you have to get really close to the attacker.   Another is that it is not uncommon to have an unintentional discharge while using a pistol as an impact weapon.   That is what happened in this case:

Collins says he had accidentally fired a shot into the ground while hitting Pierson with the pistol.

Collins was fortunate that the shot did not hit anyone or anything that he did not wish to be hit.

It is obvious that Collins was trying to avoid having to kill Jerry Pierson.  Maybe one day, Pierson will thank him for it.  It is unlikely, but it could happen.

A commenter, LibWhacker, on freerepublic.com writes:

In my opinion, Collins is just a guy who hasn’t reconciled himself with the possible necessity of having to shoot and kill someone someday who is posing a mortal threat to him or his loved ones. That’s understandable. It probably makes him a better person than me since I don’t think I would hesitate personally, but… it could also get him killed and he should seriously consider that and get some training to help him come to grips with it.

Another, DesertRhino, added this:

And today, this guy woke up, made his coffee, and is likely having an ok day. He isn’t facing a homicide investigation, and hoping the DA sees it his way. Clearly something told him he could handle it this way and quickly had the bad guy on the run.

That really is the difference between us and the murderers. We do it when it really is unavoidable, not when we can simply justify it.

If you must use a pistol as a club, keep your finger off the trigger.
c2014 by Dean Weingarten: Permission to share is granted when this notice is included. Link to Gun Watch

About Dean Weingarten;

Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of constitutional carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and recently retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.

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PBS Scraps Ethics, Instead Assaults America’s Civil-Rights Group (NRA)

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 09:25

By Alan Korwin

Gunned Down, The Power of the NRA Gunlaws.com

PHOENIX, AZ --(Ammoland.com)- The lamestream media told you:

Watch the PBS Documentary “Gunned Down, The Power of the NRA,” tonight at 9! Frontline investigates the politics and power of the NRA. The NRA is the most powerful lobby in Washington.

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:

PBS has once again demonstrated its lack of qualifications for public funding by producing another blatant anti-rights propaganda hit piece against a civil-rights organization with which it disagrees, this time the National Rifle Association.

Among the compilation of lies and distortions broadcast, PBS imagines the NRA is the most powerful lobby in Washington. This is emblematic of the rest of the show’s integrity and accuracy. Can they truly be so ideologically driven that didn’t they think anyone would look?

THE REAL LOBBYING POWERHOUSES:

LOBBYING POWERHOUSES:

PBS said (and believes) NRA is the most powerful lobby in Washington. NRA isn’t in the top 20 -- familiar, predictable influence peddlers are. The accuracy of the rest of the PBS broadcast is similar, virtually zero. Credit: the Center for Responsive Politics.

It’s the same picture by industry — AGENDA-DRIVEN PBS LIES:

Lobbying Powerhouses By Industry

The entire PBS premise is bogus: fundamental rights of American citizens to defend themselves, own constitutionally protected property or keep and bear arms are in no way measured, as PBS seems to believe, against the angst of people whose lives have been disrupted by heinous criminals murdering innocent people. Conflating crime and individual rights is a sign of hoplophobia, a serious mental illness. This calls for an intervention and medical treatment for PBS staff, not propaganda film production. Maybe they could show good faith and publicly sign up for a permanent personal felony-level gun ban, just to be safe.

Misguided attempts to dispossess the public of private property it already owns, in the name of fighting crime and acted-out psychosis is so misplaced it destroys the station’s efficacy as journalists, let alone entitlement to the public dole. Experts believe PBS could not survive without the tax-funded handouts.

The PBS balance-lacking mockumentary is an embarrassment to the writing profession, and while the First Amendment protects them, their right to our money to exercise it should end. The laws that grant PBS funds in the first place violate the separation of press and state. Federal funding of the “Propaganda Broadcasting System” must stop.

Ethics requires a corrections broadcast, but no one expects one.

P.S. I’m not giving anything away here about NRA power either — Media Matters complained that the broadcast perpetuated the myth that NRA has much power at all. Go figure. NRA is gun owners’ main voice in Washington, but it is up against an enormously powerful array of anti-rights enemies of freedom.

The real power rests with 100 million gun owners, who vote, contribute, demonstrate, and are armed.

About GunLaws.com:
Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Bloomfield Press, founded in 1988, is the largest publisher and distributor of gun-law books in the country. Our website, gunlaws.com, features a free national directory to gun laws and relevant contacts in all states and federally, along with our unique line of related books and DVDs. “After Your Shoot” for media review is available on request, call 800-707-4020. Our authors are available for interview, call to schedule. Call for cogent positions on gun issues, informed analysis on proposed laws, talk radio that lights up the switchboard, fact sheets and position papers. As we always say, “It doesn’t make sense to own a gun and not know the rules.” Visit: www.gunlaws.com

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Domestic Self Defense case: Fast Accusations, Slow Acquittal

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 18:52
James Andrew Smith

By Dean Weingarten

Dean Weingarten

Arizona - -(Ammoland.com)- Over a year ago James Andrew Smith was charged with attempted murder of the mother of his daughter.  He was found not guilty on Tuesday, 13 January, by a jury. They must have found his self defense story plausible.  From 2014 mlive.com:

FLINT, MI — A jury has found an East Lansing man not guilty after he was accused of shooting the mother of his then-2-year-old daughter during a child custody exchange at a vacant Vienna Township gas station.

He did not dispute that he had shot Ginger Don, the mother.  His attorney is quoted:

 Smith’s attorney, Mary Chartier-Mittendorf, said her client acted in self-defense when the alleged victim stabbed him. Chartier-Mittendorf said a knife was found at the scene.

The case illustrates a real bias in the way that the accused in a self defense case is often covered.  Defenders have to be careful about what they say, because everything they say can potentially be used against them in court.  We have seen that dynamic play out in high profile cases such as that of Officer Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri, and George Zimmerman, in Florida.  When the facts finally come  out, much of the public has already formed an opinion that is based on only one side of the case being presented.

The first story that I found about this case was written two days after the event, in September of 2013.  It included the accusation against Smith, but nothing from his side.  From Sept 4th 2013 mlive.com:

VIENNA TOWNSHIP, MI – A 42-year-old East Lansing man faces an attempted murder charge in the shooting of the mother of his 2-year-old daughter on Monday with the child in his vehicle.

Then there was a story about what the woman said happened.  From Nov 2013 mlive.com:

Ginger Don testified that she was shot in the hand and the top of the skull by James Andrew Smith, the father of her 3-year-old daughter, Sept. 2, in the parking lot of the former BP gas station on Vienna Road.

Smith, of East Lansing, was bound over Wednesday, Nov. 6, to stand trial on attempted murder and felony firearm charges and an added charge of assault with intent to murder following a preliminary exam before Genesee District Judge Larry Stecco.

The November 2013 account notes that the two were undergoing a custody hearing:

 Don said she and Smith were going through custody hearing at the time of the incident. She said she was seeking additional weekend and summer time with the child.

I have not found any other stories about the trial or testimony until the last story where Mr. Smith was found not guilty by reason of self defense.

For well over a year, the people who have read about James Andrew Smith have  known nothing about him, except that he was accused of shooting the mother of his child and was charged with attempted murder and firearms violations.    Suddenly, it is reported that he was found not guilty.

The incident was never reported as a self defense shooting.   I do not know all the details, but a jury was convinced.

It is not uncommon in self defense cases, for the victim to be accused as the perpetrator.   If it happens to you, many will assume the worst of you.  You will never fully recover your good name, but you will find out who your real friends are.
Update: From a correspondents at Gun Watch:

GrammaB said…
Mere moments? Define that please. According to testimony of the only witness that said she saw the alleged victim standing there, at least a couple minutes passed from the time she saw the alleged victim and the time she heard a gunshot. According to testimony by the alleged victim herself she was very near Mr. Smith. Speculating that she couldn’t have stabbed him because a witness saw her standing “alone” a couple of minutes earlier is obviously the smokescreen here.The witness who said a knife fell out of the car after the shooting was lieing.
(snip)
As for custody time and layer fees, etc., that is your speculation. The exact same thing could be layed out as a motive for her to stab him.The evidence was the only thing considered in this case. The smokescreen you saw in the courtroom was a result of the prosecutor blowing lots of hot air. At least 3 of the prosecution’s witnesses that I recall flat lied. Their testimony was controverted by the prosecutor’s own physical evidence.

Anonymous said…

I was on the jury. It was very clear by the end of the trial that he was acting in self defense.

 

c2014 by Dean Weingarten: Permission to share is granted when this notice is included. Link to Gun Watch

About Dean Weingarten;

Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of constitutional carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and recently retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.

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Restaurant Chef Helps Foil Attempted Robbery with Sushi Knife

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 15:47
Kamakura employees, clockwise from lower right, Sushi Chef Tetsuji Miwa, Aichan Mitsuhashi-Acs, Yuji Niizuma and Joe Pendzialek worked together to foil a robbery. Photo by: Robin Scholz/The News-Gazette KnifeRights.org

Gilbert, AZ --(Ammoland.com)- The New Year’s catch of the day at an Illinois sushi restaurant was a would-be robber who decided that a chef wielding a sharp sushi knife trumped his pellet gun.

Clayton Dial of Ogden was arrested on charges of aggravated robbery, intimidation and aggravated battery after police say he tried to hold up the Kamakura Japanese restaurant in Champaign, IL.

According to the article in the (Champaign) News-Gazette, Dial walked into the restaurant, pulled a gun out of his waistband and demanded the hostess hand over the money in the cash register. Unfortunately for Dial, chef Tetsuji Miwa was nearby, heard what the robber said and reacted to the fear he saw on the face of the 17-year-old hostess.

“That’s when I instantly grabbed my sushi knife, walked up to him, wrapped my arm around his shoulder and asked him what he wanted,” Miwa told the newspaper. “He saw the blade, got scared and started running.”

“Tet was halfway out the door. We could see him with the knife,” said Niizuma, who said he and Pendzialek instinctively came to the aid of their friend and coworker.

“We didn’t have a choice because he was engaged in the fight,” Niizuma said.

“Tet’s got kids,” Pendzialek added.

The employee trio ended up in the parking lot, where they got Dial on the ground and were struggling to control him as he fought back.

Pendzialek said on the way out he grabbed a small stool near the front door “and cracked him over the head with it.”

Miwa said he hadn’t seen a gun but Niizuma had. Dial still had it in his hand, and Niizuma said that while Pendzialek had Dial in a chokehold, he punched Dial’s arm until Dial let go of the gun. Niizuma didn’t know then that it was a pellet gun.

Click here to read the entire article.

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Shadowy Gun Control Groups Influence ‘News’ Media

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 14:53

By Alan Korwin

Shadowy Gun Groups Influence ‘News’ Media Gunlaws.com

PHOENIX, AZ --(Ammoland.com)- The lamestream media told you:

  • Americans for Responsible Solutions, says this..
  • Everytown for Gun Control, says that..
  • Moms Demand Action for None Sense in America, says this..
  • Illegal Mayors Against Guns, says that..
  • blah, blah, blah……

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:

These names keep popping up in the “news,” but who are they exactly? Do they have memberships? Are they “real” or are they empty shell constructs of some power broker, unquestioned by the “news” media? Why do they command such high-profile positions in the media? How did they burst onto the scene so rapidly?

Is the media doing its job vetting them? Should their membership lists be publicly revealed like gun-permit lists reporters periodically release or attempt to release? Why do those groups receive such credible and plausible coverage, when time-honored and long-standing constitutionally based groups in every state and nationally are routinely trashed by the same reporters and editors?

Should the licenses and registrations of reporters and editors be subject to official inquiries? Oh, that’s right, they don’t have any.

Those questions unfortunately have truly ugly answers, because the named groups are little more than hastily constructed propaganda vehicles created by a small handful of insanely rich power-brokers led by former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg and allies. And everyone knows it. The media’s lack of ethics shines brightly through that smokescreen.

The media and the shell groups are exercising a misplaced vendetta against the fundamental human and civil right to keep and bear arms, in the false belief that by placing all gunpowder in the hands of the government and the police we will all be safer. (Some black people have less faith in that plan.)

The media knows this but ignores it its headlong rush to praise “the establishment” and vilify and crush the very rights that protect their right to publish the filth they propagate. The level of distortion associated with this “news” coverage would win awards, if journalism awards were given for such categories as distortion, misinformation, lack of balance, and failure to accurately inform on subjects of critical importance to the American republic.

**Calls for a U.S. Dept. of Accuracy (DOA) were unheeded at press time.

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WA Lt. Gov: Open Carry is Strong, Symbolic, Political Speech

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 12:06
WA Lt. Gov: Open Carry is Strong, Symbolic, Political Speech

By Dean Weingarten

Dean Weingarten

Arizona - -(Ammoland.com)- Image from spokesman.com
A couple of days ago, on the 16th of January, 2015, Washington State Lt. Governor Brad Owen (D) publicly announced that the open carry of firearms is a form of free speech, protected by the first amendment of the Constitution.  He did it as a way to crack down on and destroy that speech, but he did it none the less, and what he said is true.  The Democrats objected to the open carry of firearms in the Senate chamber’s gallery.   From seattletimes.com:

 “We’re just noting that open carry is a form of demonstration and it’s no different than carrying a placard or something else of that nature,” he said.

He is correct, at least in part, perhaps the most part.  One of the significant purposes of open carry is to show and demonstrate that the carry of arms is a right that may not be suppressed by the legislature and police.  Of course, there are limits on all rights, and the limits on the carrying of placards in the Senate gallery is a limitation on the first amendment right of free speech.  The legislature can legitimately limit such speech in order to conduct their business.   It is not unreasonable to claim that such power extends to the open carry of firearms as well.  If the firearms are hidden, they are still there, they are simply not being used for the purpose of the first amendment.

Lt. Governor Brad Owen and I may not agree on much, but we agree that the legislature has the power to do this, and we agree that the open carry of firearms is a form of protected, symbolic, strong political speech.  As such, the legislature is severely limited as to how much and what of it can be suppressed.

First amendment protections are very strong, and there are many court cases supporting those protections.   The first and second amendments strongly support and reinforce each other.   There have been lawsuits filed that show that open carry is strong, symbolic political speech.

The New York Times linked to Gun Watch in an article that made the same arguments by one of its writers.
The article is in the opinionator by  PATRICK BLANCHFIELD.   It is a New York Times blog.   Mr. Blanchfield dislikes the idea that carrying weapons is protected speech, but he comes to the correct conclusion:  it is indeed protected symbolic political speech.

…if I stand outside an event featuring the president of the United States with a loaded handgun and a sign invoking Thomas Jefferson’s injunction that the “the tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants,” I’m in the clear.

Thank you Lt. Governor Brad Owen, for your recognition of this obvious truth.

Open carry educates.  It informs.  It states to all those concerned: I have rights that the government is forbidden from infringing.   It loudly proclaims: the Constitution means something, and I can read.  It shouts, I am a citizen, not a cog in your machine, I am an individual, not a resource.  Government is limited.  Freedom is protected.
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About Dean Weingarten;

Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of constitutional carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and recently retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.

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Maine: Anti-Gun Standish Town Measure Defeated

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 20:51
Gun Handgun Range Ammo National Rifle Association Institute For Legislative Action (NRA-ILA)

Fairfax, VA --(Ammoland.com)-

Thanks to the outpouring of opposition from NRA members and other Second Amendment supporters, the Standish Town Council voted last night to table a deeply flawed ordinance that would have prohibited recreational shooting, firearms training and ALL firearms use between official hunting seasons on private property.

Your NRA thanks those who spoke out in opposition to this misguided proposal, and will continue to stand guard against any attempts to inhibit your gun rights.

About:
Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the “lobbying” arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Visit: www.nra.org

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USCCA 1 Million Round Giveaway

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 14:28
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Beginning January 20, 2015 the USCCA will be giving away over 1 million rounds of .22 LR ammunition. To become eligible to win generous amounts of the ammunition, simply sign up for one of four USCCA membership levels: silver, gold, platinum and lifetime. The giveaway will come to an end on January 30, 2015.

Details of the giveaway are as follows:

Purchase of a silver level USCCA membership:
Automatically entered to win 1,000 rounds of .22 LR

 Purchase of a gold level USCCA membership:
Automatically entered to win 10,000 rounds of .22 LR

Purchase of a platinum level USCCA membership:
Automatically entered to win 25,000 rounds of .22 LR
AND you will be shipped 250 rounds of .22 LR

Purchase of a lifetime level USCCA membership:
Automatically entered to win 50,000 rounds of .22 LR
AND you will be shipped 1,000 rounds of .22 LR

 Click here to enter.

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The U.S. Concealed Carry Association (USCCA) is the first and largest, member-owned association designed to educate, train, and insure responsibly armed Americans. USCCA members receive access to a wealth of industry information and insurance protection through its Self-Defense SHIELD program. The USCCA also provides expert advice, product information, and the latest news centered around the concealed carry lifestyle via email, social media, Concealed Carry Magazine, and their nationally syndicated radio program Armed American Radio.

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NY: Village Voice Comes out for Knife Law Reform

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 13:56

By Dean Weingarten

Dean Weingarten

Arizona - -(Ammoland.com)- The Village Voice of New York City has come out in favor of knife reform legislation.   The abusive prosecutions under this law have, no doubt, been going on ever since its passage in the 1950’s.   Knife Rights has been in the forefront of this fight, and has an ongoing court case, noted in the Voice article.  The abuses have become increasingly severe in the last 10 years, with The Village Voice noting that as many as 60,000 people have been arrested.  From the Village Voice:

Assemblyman Dan Quart will introduce a bill today to adjust the language of the state law, which was originally passed in the 1950s and was aimed at a switchblade-like weapon called a “gravity knife.” In recent years the law has been enforced almost exclusively in New York City, where it has been used to arrest thousands of suspects carrying commonly available pocketknives. Construction workers, artists, and many others who use pocketknives for work have found themselves caught up in the aggressive enforcement.

Quart’s bill would allow criminal penalties only when a suspect has “criminal intent” for the knife in his or her possession; currently, simply possessing a knife that can be opened with the flick of a wrist, the legal standard long accepted by the courts, can land you in jail, or even draw significant prison time. Amanda Wallwin, Quart’s chief of staff, said “we expect it to pass easily…the real battle is in the senate.”

The text of the reform bill proposed by Assemblyman Quart is virtually the same as the old statute, with removal of he “gravity knife” from the possession paragraph.

The standard “can be opened with a flick of a wrist” has not been interpreted to mean that the knife is designed to be opened that way, or that the person in possession of the knife can do it.  It has been taken to mean that the knife qualifies if *any* person is able to do it.  Someone who is well practiced and trained, who tries a few different techniques, can get just about any folding knife to do this.   I have regularly done it with Swiss Army knives like the one pictured above.  There have been situations in New York City where a common pocket knife is passed around between two or three officers until one who is skilled or lucky enough is able to open the knife this way.  They only feel the need to do it once.  Then the arrest is made.  Many NYPD police are critical of these arrests.  From theerant.yuku.com, a NYPD discussion forum:

This collar is a favorite of the ” NEW BREED” of cop. The saddest part I would see the rookies stalking the subways between 5-7pm to catch a construction worker wearing one so they could get there number and Big CPW arrest. This is why the public hates us. Cause discretion has been taking away and it’s all about numbers. All created by the likes Of Raymond Kelly, Espo, Mike ” raisin balls” Marino, and the other scumbag brass that created this disaster of a dept we currently have. Yeah will get a raise. Keep writing guys. Just remember the man behind the numbers madness Michael Marino scammed 3/4s. He was fvcking cops for low activity the whole time he was plotting to scam a 3/4 pension.

The comment above is on a discussion about the first Village Voice article on this subject, from 7 October 2014.   This paragraph shows the Voice’s thought on the subject:

 Nonetheless, under the department’s unique interpretation of Penal Code 265.01, almost every pocketknife on the market today can be considered a gravity knife. It’s as if authorities in New York City were using an antiquated law against flintlock muskets to prosecute BB-gun owners.

The Voice probably does not know that BB guns are considered the same as firearms in New Jersey, and unlicensed ownership gets you a mandatory three years in jail.   Because common airsoft guns are semi-automatic and hold more than 15 rounds, it is unclear if they are considered “assault weapons” under New Jersey law.  Many common .22 hunting rifles are defined as assault weapons in that state.

It is nice to see the Voice come on board for common sense, even if it is after 60 years and a recent decade of abuse with thousands of citizens arrested, fined, extorted, and imprisoned for a “crime” that should never pass Constitutional muster.

There is no reasonable reading of the second amendment in which knives would be excluded from its protection.  They are, and always have been, arms in common use by the militia from the revolutionary period until the present day.
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About Dean Weingarten;

Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of constitutional carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and recently retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.

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Armed Robber Killed; Armed man would not be searched

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 13:33

By Dean Weingarten

Dean Weingarten

Arizona - -(Ammoland.com)- The barber shop seems to be behind the red neon sign in the upper story.

Armed robbery requires a large number of disarmed victims.  If a significant number of potential victims are armed, armed robbery becomes a suicide mission.  Large numbers of violent criminals die young already.   It is one of the reasons that the life expectancy for black men is four years lower than for white men.   As more law abiding black people learn that they can trust the process, can obtain a concealed carry permit, and can go about legally armed without being abused by the police, black on black armed robbery becomes more and more dangerous.

In Milwaukee, on Friday, the 9th of January, an armed robber was shot and killed as he was patting down men that he was robbing in the Level Up Barber Shop.   One of them did not wait to be patted down.  He drew his legally carried pistol and shot the robber.  The robber died.  No one else was hurt.

It is very difficult for an armed robber to keep track of a number of people all at once, while doing everything else he has to do to get the loot and escape.  They almost always become distracted by something, giving a legally armed person an opportunity to stop the crime.

It turns out that the customer that shot the robber was not the only person in the shop with a concealed carry permit.  One of the co-owners of the shop was there when it happened.  He has a concealed carry permit as well.
From wisn.com:

Ty said he also has a concealed-carry permit and is always on guard because of the violence in Milwaukee.

“The crime rate is so high. It’s like nobody wants to work for an honest living anymore,” Ty said.

While we do not know if the robbery suspect who was killed was black, Ty, the co-owner is black, and the barber shop is in a dominantly black area.   Black on white crime is a tiny fraction of black on black crime.  Milwaukee has a majority of the homicides in Wisconsin, and most of the homicides in Milwaukee are black on black.

The crime rate is likely to continue to drop, even in high crime urban centers, as more criminals are shot.  It only takes a small number of violent criminals to create an enormous number of crimes.

From David Kennedy, the renowned criminal justice professor and co-chair of the National Network for safe communities:

 “We now know that homicide and gun violence are overwhelmingly concentrated among serious offenders operating in groups: gangs, drug crews, and the like representing under half of one percent of a city’s population who commit half to three-quarters of all murders.”

This also shows that the majority of black urban center’s population are not violent criminals.   The majority of law abiding black people will reap enormous benefits as the crime rate is reduced.

The crime rate has fallen precipitously as more and more people legally carry arms for defense, and as more and more criminals stay in prison for longer periods.   Reduce the number of violent criminals in the population, and you reduce the number of violent crimes.

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Update: Name of robber released.  From jsonline.com:

Deandre D. Sturdivant, 20, was fatally shot about 12:30 p.m. Friday inside Level Up Barber Shop in the 4900 block of N. 31st St. Investigators believe Sturdivant attempted to rob patrons at the barbershop when one of the robbery victims fired a gun, police have said.

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About Dean Weingarten;

Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of constitutional carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and recently retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.

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Al Sharpton – A Racisist Bigot, But Media Keeps Promoting Him

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 10:25

By Alan Korwin

Al Sharpton – A Racisist Bigot, But Media Keeps Promoting Him Gunlaws.com

PHOENIX, AZ --(Ammoland.com)- The lamestream media told you:

These are direct quotes from The NY Post — which I was fortunate to see on a recent visit, but which journalists elsewhere lacked the guts to emulate.

Al Sharpton

Journalists everywhere else continue to give Al Sharpton, a hateful racist bigot, front-page coverage; it’s the equivalent of treating the KKK like a national treasure (shortened here for clarity and space):

“Sharpton is a public nuisance. He remains a cop hater to the core, a race man who cannot see past skin color and whose business model is based on using a charge of racism as a negotiating tactic. The corporations buying his silence with their “contributions” ought to be boycotted.

“He’s a tax scofflaw who refuses to pay his fair share, thus ripping off his fellow citizens, black and white.

“As The New York Times reported Tuesday, he faces $4.5 million in state and federal tax liens, both personally and through companies he controls. The amounts owed are growing and his shady use of non-profits to enrich himself would make him politically toxic if he were anyone else.

“That brings us to the heart of the problem. Despite Sharpton’s shameful conduct, he is a close confidant to the president and the mayor of New York.

“Imagine that — he stiffs the IRS and stirs the racial pot to boiling but still regularly gets invited to the White House to advise the president who promised to usher in a post-racial society.

“Sharpton was there for the announcement of Obama’s nominee to be the new attorney general, Loretta Lynch [The irony of her name is unavoidable -Alan]. That has to flash a chilling message to any honest prosecutor — Sharpton is above the law.

“And Sharpton brought protesters from Ferguson, Mo., to meet secretly with Obama this month, where the president urged them to stay the course, whatever that means.

“What’s repulsive is that Obama and de Blasio use a double standard to elevate Sharpton to a dangerous level. By conferring their personal approval of him, they magnify his power and turn a nuisance into a public menace. They and Sharpton are partially responsible for the violence that has already happened.

“There you have it. Agitators are using threats of violence to intimidate the courts. It’s low and dirty, but you expect that from Al Sharpton. The tragedy of our times is that the president of the United States is no better.”

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:

For once, I cannot add to this report. Couldn’t have said it better myself. Michael Goodwin, author of The NY Post piece, deserves your thanks. mgoodwin@nypost.com.

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Armed Woman Stops Crime Spree

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 16:52

By Dean Weingarten

Dean Weingarten

Arizona - -(Ammoland.com)-
In Lancaster County, PA, an alert and armed woman stopped a crime spree.  One of the things that destroys the sense of security in a neighborhood is  the proliferation of  burglaries and thefts of personal property from vehicles.  That is what the pair of suspects were involved in when an alert woman stopped Robert LaFleur from breaking into her car at 2:30 am and held him at gunpoint until the police arrived.

It seems unlikely that LaFleur would have obeyed the woman’s commands if she had not been armed.   The police report that he resisted arrest when they arrived, and that they used a taser on him.  They then turned their attention on LaFleur’s accomplice, who was in a vehicle.   The vehicle turned out to be stolen.  From lancasteronline.com:

The car turned out to have been recently stolen from Pine Street in Denver, Randolph said. Police recovered numerous electronic items from LaFleur, which also are believed to have been stolen.

LaFleur and Lynch admitted to police they entered numerous vehicles in the areas of Misty Lane, Creek Lane and Meadow View Drive in Ephrata, and Pine and Main streets in Denver, according to criminal complaints. They also admitted stealing the car, according to the complaints.

Would the police have arrested LaFluer and Lynch if the armed woman had not stopped the series of crimes in progress?  Probably.  Eventually.  Most criminals are arrested, eventually.   But they commit dozens or hundreds of crimes before they are arrested, and often dozens or hundreds more while they are out on bond and not incarcerated, adversely influencing hundreds of people.  It only takes a small number of criminals to create an enormous amount of crime.

We do not know the number that “numerous” refers to in the paragraph quoted from lancasteronline.   We do know that it is likely that most of the victims in this case will recover their property.

One of the advantages of an armed population is that it turns passive victims into active participants in policing the community.  A government that trusts its people with the possession of arms also shows that it is worthy of trust, to paraphrase Machiavelli.  The iconic political philosopher famously wrote:

 When you disarm [the people] you commence to offend them and show that you distrust them either through cowardice or lack of confidence, and both of these opinions generate hatred against you. – Niccoló Machiavelli, The Prince. 1537.

A commenter at the site claims that Colton James Lynch is the brother of Morning Star Lynch, who was recently sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of a mentally disabled woman in Lancaster County.  That Lynch had a record for theft and robbery before he participated in the murder.   He claims that he does not know why he and his companion murdered the woman, who they both knew.  The two Lynchs are both listed as 21 years old; perhaps an alert reader can inform us as to whether there is a familial connection or not.

Family connections are often widely known in rural Pennsylvania.

Theft and murder are symptoms of the same disregard for other people.   Property costs time taken from your life; participating in a criminal case costs more time.  Time is one thing that you never regain; once used, it is gone forever.
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About Dean Weingarten;

Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of constitutional carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and recently retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.

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Demands For Gun Control After Muslims Attack Paris, Oh Wait There Were NONE

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 13:56
Demands For Gun Control After Muslims Attack Paris, Oh Wait There Were NONE Gunlaws.com

PHOENIX, AZ --(Ammoland.com)- The lamestream media told you:

Nothing.

There were no demands for gun control after the Paris jihad….?

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:

That would be very strange in this country.

American journalists failed to recognize that, unlike the American model, no one in France has called for stricter gun controls, magazine limits or assault-weapon bans after the muslim jihad in Paris this week.

The usual litany of restrictions and gun-ban bills for civilians, which Americans have come to expect in reaction to mass murders here, were never even mentioned throughout Europe.

According to experts, this is partially due to the fact that Europeans by and large already have the bans in place.

It is painfully obvious that the ban on the human and civil right to arms in France did nothing but arm the murderers and leave the dead journalists defenseless when the muslim jihadis came in on foot and attacked. The morbid use of atrocities or the jihad to demand civil-rights denial is a political ploy, not a safety game. It is immoral and deadly.

With any possible first responders at the site of the attack unarmed – even though they had compelling evidence of imminent mortal threats – the muslims could kill at will, as in any pretend gun-free zone perpetrated by politicians. Calls for even greater gun control would be pointless, everyone gets that.

Three police officers who arrived on the scene early on bicycles, unarmed, simply rode quickly away, according to The Guardian newspaper.

The event points out how utterly corrupt such a call to further disarm the French would be. The foolish or dangerous politicians who might propose such things here in America – among the greatest bastions of firearms freedom on Earth – are as dangerous as the murderers we all might face some day.

America is actually ranked only 9th on the scale of gun freedoms.

America is actually ranked only 9th on the scale of gun freedoms, according to The Worldwide Gun Owner’s Guide ( tiny.cc/hw9nsx ), published by Bloomfield Press. Tiny Liechtenstein, Switzerland and other nations that hardly suffer from such helatious atrocities are ahead of the United States, out of the 64 nations meticulously profiled in the book.

Meanwhile, America awaits official announcement from the White House that this is workplace violence, and that al-Qaeda, whose urgent pleas for lone-wolf attacks have been belittled (but broadcast) by CNN, FOX and the networks non-stop for months, were not linked in any way to the jihad or the Paris murders. So far, the current occupant of the White House has only said that the people involved are “a few.”

The identical 12 seconds of shaky amateur rooftop video footage all the broadcasters have, including cut-ins of a bullet hole, shot windshield, and cops standing around or being shot after they’re already dead and blurred out for decency, has been playing at a rate of 510 times an hour. This is quite popular with jihadis and in the muslim world, unidentified experts note. According to officials, this does not encourage copycat behavior.

Public faith in traditional “news” media, according to one undisclosed poll conducted at an undisclosed location, has dropped too low to measure.

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‘Swatting’ gets Police Chief Shot; no Charges for Homeowner

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 12:00

By Dean Weingarten

Dean Weingarten

Arizona - -(Ammoland.com)- On 15 January, Police Chief Louis Ross was loaned a bullet resistant vest before he and other officers broke into a home in Sentinel, Oklahoma.  Ross was shot three times in the chest, and once in the arm.  Three of the bullets were stopped by the vest.  The police had no warrant for the raid.  The homeowner, Dallas Horton, was not hurt and has not been charged, and it seems unlikely that he will be.   He and his wife Esther Marie, were both interviewed.

There are many things about this case that have not been widely reported.

First, Police Chief Ross *is* the police force in Sentinel.  He is also the Chief.  It is a one man force.   He was called out of his home for the raid, according to a resident (audio recording), as he is on call 24/7.  The bomb threat was called in at 4 am.  The Chief is well thought of in the community.

Second, the police did not have a warrant.

Third, the police had the wrong house.   The bomb threat did not originate from the house,  the person who called in the threat simply said that he was Dallas Horton.  It was, essentially, a crude “swatting” that the police should have figured out.

No bombs, explosives, or bomb making materials were found, even though UPI wrote that a device was allegedly found.  From upi.com:

Law enforcement officials allegedly found an explosive device at Horton’s home. Horton and his wife were arrested.

I have not found any other source that corroborated this allegation.  It also seems clear that neither Dallas nor Esther Marie Horton were arrested.  It would be interesting to know where UPI got it from.   The fact that no “bomb making materials” were found probably has more to do with the peace officers integrity than anything else.   I have seen everything from fireworks and lengths of galvanized and PVC pipe, and reloading supplies, characterized as “bomb making materials”.   It is hard to find a household in rural America that does *not* have “bomb making materials* if the police are inclined to find them.

The real story is that this was a swatting.  There are three victims of this swatting incident.  Dallas Horton and his wife Esther Marie have had their lives turned upside down, came close to being killed, and have been defamed around the world.  Chief Ross was wounded in the arm.  He came close to being killed as well.

Perhaps the bomb hoaxer/swatter will be found and prosecuted.  It seems clear that Dallas and Esther Marie Horton will not be.  Knowing a bit about small town politics, I do not see Chief Ross losing his job either.    Someone at UPI should be concerned for their job, if they cannot substantiate the source for the “explosive devise”, but I doubt that anything will be done.

This is another case in a series where homeowners have shot police and have been found to have been justified in doing so.  The last one was in Texas, where a Grand Jury “no billed” Henry McGee, who killed a deputy in Burleson County.

There was also the case in Virgina where a homeowner shot at police when they targeted him with laser sights from his back window, for no reason.  It took him three trials, but Brandon Watson was finally found not guilty.

A resident of Sentinel summed it up well.  From ksmb.com:

“This is country, this ain’t Oklahoma City,” Jimmy Rhoades told KFOR. “You’re taught from a young age that if somebody comes into your house to shoot.”

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About Dean Weingarten;

Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of constitutional carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and recently retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.

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U.S. Senate May Cancel The Superbowl, Gun Owners (and others) To Be Stuck With Tab

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 09:40

By Alan Korwin

Superbowl Canceled Gunlaws.com

PHOENIX, AZ --(Ammoland.com)- The lamestream media told you:

Nothing.

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:

The federal insurance policy that covers mammoth destruction such as major terrorism attacks — without which the Superbowl cannot be held — expired on Dec. 31, 2014. Congress closed without renewing it.

The U.S. House of Representatives quickly enacted a poorly drafted Terrorism Risk Insurance Act renewal bill (TRIA), without adequate debate, to renew the policy, then adjourned for the year. Their draft can’t be amended.

The U.S. Senate failed to quickly pass the House version of TRIA without any changes and so the policy lapsed. Senator Tom Coburn held it up (with good reason), and Chuck Schumer blamed him in typical partisan style (even though Schumer didn’t approve of the bill either).

The private insurance pool isn’t large enough to cover that kind of risk (insurers say). They are either backed up by the federal government — which means gun owners (and non-gun owners too, the entire tax-paying public). My opening headline is a cheap shot for attention. Heh heh. So, there is no coverage.

Critics don’t think the public should be on the hook to insure a very rich private sports enterprise. But taxpayer-backed terrorism insurance has been standard for all large-scale projects, even construction, since 2002, you just never knew it, thanks to the “news” media and your “representatives.” It’s likely Congress will take up the issue again this year before the big game, so our taxes can insure football.

In other news, Las Vegas gamblers continue to make book on every aspect of the game, from the Nielsen ratings for the best ads, to the number of times the quarterbacks’ girl friends will be seen on camera, to the first injuries, number of penalties, and of course such mundane issues like who might win and the point spread. Your tax dollars at work.

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Detroit Black Open Carry Activist Found Not Guilty of Concealed Carry

Mon, 01/19/2015 - 09:32

By Dean Weingarten

Dean Weingarten

Arizona - -(Ammoland.com)- Several months ago, Elijah Woody was arrested for carrying a concealed weapon.   Elijah Woody is an active member of an open carry group, Hells Saints, in Detroit, that was featured in an MSNBC video about open carry.  I wrote about Elijah’s arrest and allegations of misconduct by the Detroit police officers, all of whom are black, as is Elijah.  The trial ended yesterday, Friday, the 16th of January, 2015.  I found the story riveting.  It makes you appreciate juries.   This is the sort of story that Eric Holder should be concerned with, but will never be investigated by the Department of Justice.   Here is the story of the arrest, legal wrangling, and trial, as told by one of Elijah’s attorneys, James Makowski.

PEOPLE v. WOODY AAR

On September 13, 2014, Elijah Woody, Jr., a 24 y.o., African-American male, was hanging out chatting with 4-5 friends on the sidewalk of an inner city neighborhood in Detroit. WOODY was open carrying a Glock 23 in a Blackhawk Serpa OWB holster and wearing jeans, a t-shirt, and a light jacket buttoned all the way up.

At approximately 7:50p, a car containing three officers from the Detroit Police Department’s Tactical Response Unit, rounded the corner and approached the group. The TRU officers dress in BDUs and typically act in a paramilitary fashion.

As everyone in Detroit knows but most of us from the suburbs do not, it is common for DPD officers to stop, frisk, demand identification and conduct illegal, unconstitutional searches of any group of black males on public property. If they find anything illegal or questionable they will then lie as to how they learned of the offense.

True to form, the officers stopped the car, jumped out and demanded everyone produce ID. Officer James Taylor went straight to WOODY and asked him “you got some bullshit on you there,” referring to the Glock. WOODY is immediately disarmed, cuffed and placed in the back of the squad car. The officers did not inquire whether he had a CPL until after transporting him to the Detroit Detention Facility, and charging him with the five-year felony of Carrying a Concealed Weapon.

When the police wrote their report they had to come up with a story to justify their encounter with WOODY. The officers claimed they observed the group drinking from red Solo cups and, as they drove up they “smelled the strong odor of burning marijuana” from a moving car about 15’ away (must be some bloodhound genes there). Officer Taylor claimed that when WOODY noticed their approach he “bladed” his body to limit their ability to see his right hip and started “backpedaling.” Taylor claimed that WOODY then turned full face on, lifted the right side of his jacket and exposed the Glock hidden under his jacket, stating he was “open carrying.”

Shortly after the arrest I was contacted and advised about this gross abuse of WOODY’s rights. I reached out to my good friend Terry Johnson, a fellow 2A defense lawyer, to see if he was interested in jointly defending WOODY. He agreed so we took the case.

At the preliminary exam two of the three officers testified and many inconsistencies became evident in their testimony. Despite these obvious falsehoods the judge decided that there was Probable Cause that a crime had been committed and bound the matter over to Wayne County Circuit Court on the felony CCW charge. We flat out refused to engage in plea negotiations and demanded the matter be set for jury trial.

At 4:49p the afternoon before trial the Wayne County Prosecutor filed two Motions in Limine. A Motion in Limine is a pretrial motion generally filed several weeks before trial, used to exclude certain evidence or limit what the jury is allowed to know. The prosecutor sought to exclude part of the dashcam recordings that, to put it mildly, were uncomplimentary about the general public. He also sought an order from the judge PROHIBITING US FROM CLAIMING OPEN CARRY AS A DEFENSE. The judge granted both motions and we were forbidden to explain to the jury that Open Carry differed from Concealed Carry and what the differences were.

At trial the next day Officer Taylor claimed that he decided WOODY had a gun on him based upon his “extensive experience” and the fact he was “blading” his body away. When asked whether he yelled “GUN” or in any way alerted his partners of the presence of a firearm he said no and claimed that he was trying to “deescalate” the situation. Yet when the second officer took the stand, on cross examination he claimed that they had a “code word” to alert the other officers of a gun and that Taylor had given it. Further, the dashcam video showed WOODY being placed in the rear of the squad car with the empty holster clearly visible. The jacket the police claimed was hanging down covering the gun was clearly shown in the video to be buttoned all the way up. It became obvious that the officers had fabricated their story, with jurors shaking their heads in disgust at times. The day ended after the first two officers testified.

The next morning the last officer testified. He was the most truthful, stating that he hadn’t really interacted with WOODY as he was on security overwatch, making sure the other civilians present were not a threat. The prosecution rested and we made a Motion for a Directed Verdict, asking that the judge rule that, as a matter of law, the Defendant could not be found guilty. Since the judge is required to view the evidence in the light most favorable to the non-moving party the motion was denied.

Our first witness testified how the group had been standing around, talking about the upcoming Floyd Meriwether fight that was going to take place that night when the cops drove up, ordered everyone to put their hands up, and directly approached WOODY. The witness firmly stated that WOODY’s gun was not concealed or in any way hidden by a coat.

The WOODY then elected to take the witness stand to testify in his own defense. The arresting officers had not realized that WOODY had pulled out his cell phone and started recording video. While the video only lasted 13 seconds it completely contradicted the police version of the facts, showing that WOODY had his hands up and was 2-3’ away from the nearest person and not moving away. The video cut off as Taylor slapped the phone out of his hand. It was perfectly clear that the cops saw the gun from the moving car and headed directly to WOODY hassle him.

After we rested we again asked the judge allow us to explain in the Jury Instructions that Open Carry is legally recognized and that the jury should be advised of same but we were again denied. The case was sent to the jury at noon. Shortly thereafter the jury asked to see the videos. It took a while to get the videos set up for the jury to review but, five minutes or so after the jury reviewed the videos they came back with a NOT GUILTY verdict.

by attorney James Makowski,
Dearborn, MI

I would like to see the excluded dashcam video.  I have been told that it includes the officers telling Elijah that “you can’t educate the dumb n*ggers about open carry” and that the police are paid a bounty of $100 for every gun that they take off of a black man in Detroit, doesn’t matter, legal or not.   All of the officers are black.

These are serious allegations, and would explain the strange urgency to exclude that part of the dashcam from the public.   It also seems to be exculpatory “Brady” material that *should* have been included, as it gives a motive for the police to lie about their actions.

If we are to bring the crime ridden black ghettos into the mainstream of society, we have to treat law abiding black people as full citizens.   Showing that being black does not mean a deprivation of their second amendment rights can go a long way in bringing trust in police officers to black neighborhoods.

Just recently, a legally armed black man shot an armed robber in a barbershop in Milwaukee.  The deceased robbery suspect was attempting to hold everyone in the establishment at gunpoint, while searching them.  The potential victim did not wait to be searched.  The legally armed black man was not charged.  It is worth noting that there was at least one other legally armed black man in the barbershop when the crime was attempted.

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About Dean Weingarten;

Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of constitutional carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and recently retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.

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Wyoming Introduces the Repeal Gun Free Zones Act

Sun, 01/18/2015 - 20:20
Wyoming Introduces the Repeal Gun Free Zones Act Wyoming Gun Owners

Wyoming --(Ammoland.com)- Wyoming Gun Owners (WyGO) supported legislation — the Wyoming Repeal Gun Free Zones Act — is being introduced.

HB-114 is being championed by pro-gun House Representative Allen Jaggi.

This legislation focuses on repealing three gun free zones statewide. Public Schools, College Campuses and Government Buildings. You can see the bill here.

The co-sponsors are as follows:

Representatives: Mark Baker, Mark Jennings, Kendell Kroeker, Tyler Lindholm, Buncky Loucks, Dave Miller, Garry Piiparinen and Tom Reeder.

When you get a chance, please thank these co-sponsors.

But more importantly Wyoming’s session moves rather fast, this paired with the fact that so many anti-gun forces are working in Cheyenne, I must be able to count on your action today.

1) Take a moment to sign WyGO’s petition in support of repealing gun free zones in Wyoming.

2) If your House Representative is not a co-sponsor, please contact them immediately and encourage them to support HB-114 the Wyoming Repeal Gun Free Zones Act.

(Feel free to use the pre-written text that I have provided for you below my signature q at the page bottom)

If you know who your Representative is, you can find their contact info by clicking here.

If you are not sure who your lawmaker is you can find them by clicking here.

3) Also consider chipping in $20, $30, $50, $75 or whatever you can afford, it’s only with your financial support that I can fuel a statewide grassroots campaign to pass this much needed legislation.

And don’t forget to make sure to tell all your pro-gun friends that now is the time to get involved in the fight to defend their gun rights right here in Wyoming.

For Liberty,

Anthony Bouchard
Executive Director
Wyoming Gun Owners

 

Additionally I hope you’ll take a moment to call or email your legislator today, making sure he or she knows where you stand.

(You can use the pre-written text for an email below)

Dear ______________,

After witnessing three years of overwhelming support from the voters to repeal gun free zones, I hope that you make the defense of gun rights your top priority during this 2015 General Session.

Even as anti-gun organizations in Cheyenne are preparing to lobby against HB-114, please know that these organizations believe that the oath that you took to defend the Constitution — isn’t so important.

But the Wyoming Constitution is very specific on the matter of the Right to Keep and Bear Arms.

The Wyoming Constitution states in Article 1 Section 24: “The right of citizens to bear arms in defense of themselves and of the state shall not be denied.”

This isn’t a guideline. It’s the law of the land in Wyoming. And it’s written in plain and simple language — it’s a right that Shall Not Be Denied.

I urge you to personally champion the Wyoming Repeal Gun Free Zones Act HB-114 being introduced by Representative Allen Jaggi.

Please support HB-114 at all steps in the process, both publicly and procedurally.

I will be watching to see how you act on this critical issue.

Wyoming Gun Owners is a not-for-profit issue advocacy organization that is on a deliberate mission to protect and defend the Second Amendment. Contributions to WyGO are unlimited and are used to expose politicians who treat your rights with contempt. Contributions to WyGO are not deductible as charitable contributions for tax purposes.

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Wyoming Gun Owners is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, single-purpose citizens’ organization dedicated to preserving and protecting the Right to Keep and Bear Arms as guaranteed by Article 1 Section 24 of the Wyoming Constitution and the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

Wyoming Gun Owners is the only organization taking action at this level–with an aggressive program designed to mobilize public support for pro-gun legislation as well as opposition to gun control. www.wyominggunowners.org

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