Saturday, July 22, 2017

Truck Open Carry Case offers Chance to Validate Wisconsin Constitution

In Wisconsin, a truck driver, Guy A. Smith, is contesting an arrest for carrying a concealed weapon. The handgun was on the floor of his truck, and was visible to an outside camera. Smith made no attempt to hide the firearm when the truck was inspected by a Wisconsin State Trooper.

Open carry has always been legal in Wisconsin, but case law from 2003 found that carrying a loaded handgun concealed beneath a seat or in a glove compartment, was carrying concealed. The Supreme Court found the ruling to be correct, in spite of the passage of the strong protection for bearing arms in Wisconsin's Constitution.

In 1998, the people of Wisconsin voted for Constitutional Carry in a state referendum amending the state constitution. The amendment, which created Article I, Section 25, is very clear. It received 74% of the vote. From Article I Section 25:

 The people have the right to keep and bear arms for security, defense, hunting, recreation or any other lawful purpose.

The Wisconsin Supreme Court has been changed since 2003. Ideological leftists that dominated the court have been voted out. Originalists and textualists have been voted in.  Another case on carry in a car, which is carry for security, and other lawful purposes, such as self defense, could have a different outcome.

In a recent case on carry on buses, the court ruled that local governments may not ban the carry of weapons on buses. Unfortunately, the defense did not bring up the constitutionality of the city regulation.  Several justices appeared to be asking for a reason to consider the constitutionality issue, but the defense refused to raise it.

As part of the shall issue law passed in Wisconsin in 2011, the legislature changed the law on carry in vehicles. Carry in vehicles has several exceptions.

The issue is whether you can drive with a loaded handgun within reach, even without having a concealed carry permit.

Guy A. Smith, a 52-year-old commercial truck driver from Merrill, believes, as does a gun rights organization, that you can. That's why he said he made no effort to hide his revolver when inspectors entered his big rig at a weigh station in Pleasant Prairie in June.

Inspectors saw it on the floor of his cab via an overhead camera, then approached Smith and cited him for carrying a concealed weapon, a misdemeanor, and seized his gun.

Smith's case was set for a jury trial Monday, but the prosecutor seemed ambushed by the defense claim that a different Wisconsin law seems to specifically allow Smith's actions. The statute on transport of weapons says,
" ... no person may place, possess, or transport a firearm, bow, or crossbow in or on a vehicle, unless one of the following applies: 1. The firearm is unloaded or is a handgun."
At the time of passage, I thought the change was meant to apply to open carry. Several changes in the law clarified that open carry was legal, was not "disorderly conduct" and was a protected activity. It only made sense that open carry in a vehicle would be protected as well. Concealed carry was allowed for with a concealed carry permit.

I expect the jury to find Smith not guilty. Then I expect the Assistant District Attorney, Thomas Binger to appeal. He has already stated that he chooses not to read the law the way it was written. He says that would nullify Wisconsin's concealed carry law, Act 35. The Judge corrected Binger, saying it would only nullify the statute in cars.

Wisconsin Carry is funding the case. If the Constitutionality defense is included, the Supreme Court will have a chance to clarify that the Article 1, Section 25 of the Wisconsin Constitution, ratified by 74% of the voters, actually means what it says.

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Australia Gun Culture (part 7): Brucellosis a Risk for Pig Hunters and Pig Dogs in NSW

Feral Pigs in Australia
Feral pigs in Australia are a serious pest. They destroy habitat and native species, and inflict large amounts of damage on crops. They are a favorite target of local hunters who shoot them as often as they can.

Few people in the area near Quirindi (200 miles NW of Sydney), eat the wild pigs that are shot. I was puzzled by this, as meat prices are high, and the wild pork that I have eaten in California and Texas was excellent. One of the reasons for a lack of consumption is the feral pig population is a reservoir of brucellosis suis, which can be transmitted to dogs and humans.

 Gunneday, NSW, is about 50 miles from Quirindi.  The veterinarian, Tina Clifton, is urging care by the Gunnedah community following two confirmed cases of Brucellosis in dogs in the area.  Brucellosis suis is the variety of Brucellocis found in pigs.

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The Brucellosis suis (pig brucellocis) is not a threat to the area cattle. There is a feed lot within two miles of where I am writing that produces 55,000 head of cattle a year, with a capacity of 20,000 at a time.

Wild pig shot less than 200 meters from local farm house

Pig hunters use many different methods in NSW. Nothing seems outlawed, but the use of semi-auto firearms requires a special license. My hosts used to hunt wild pigs from a helicopter with semi-auto rifles, shooting as many as 120 a day.

Helicopter hunting now requires a special license for both the pilot and the shooter. The farm helicopter was sold years ago. Shooting at night with spotlights is common, as is the use of dogs. Non-firearms license holders can legally shoot pigs if accompanied by a license gun owner.

The NSW government gives helpful advise on how to avoid exposure to brucellosis. From

Feral pig hunting is the number one risk for catching brucellosis in NSW.
Farmers and others who shoot or trap feral pigs are also at high risk of infection.

Pig hunting dogs are also at high risk, and can potentially pass on the infection to other dogs and humans.

You can protect yourself, your family and dogs from brucellosis and other diseases that animals may carry by following these steps:

Farm dogs are at risk of brucellosis from wild pigs because they may find and feed on wild pig carcasses. In spite of the risks, cases of brucellosis appear to be rare. The finding of brucellosis in the two dogs mentioned above, was rare enough to make the news.

The feral pig problem in Australia is expected to become worse. From
Mr Wishart said feral pigs were appearing in other states where they weren’t before.

“They’re increasing in range and density. We’re now hearing about them in the north of South Australia and in central Victoria were they weren’t previously.”
Australian feral pigs are probably the easiest big game to hunt in Australia. They are numerous, and people hunt them at all times of the year. If you can make contact with people organizing a pig hunt, there is a good chance for an invitation.

 ©2017 by Dean Weingarten: Permission to share is granted when this notice and link are included.

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AL: Man Kills 820 lb Hog with .38 Revolver

Wade was afraid the huge hog would injure or kill the family pet so he grabbed a .38 caliber revolver that he keeps for home defense and went out on the front porch.

"By the time I got in a position to shoot, the hog was about 12 yards away," Wade said. "Cruiser was out of my line to the hog so I fired."

It took three shots to take him down. The giant hog hit the ground near the carport. The next day, Wade took the wild hog to Brooks Peanut Company and weighed it on the drive-thru scales. The hog tipped the scales at 820 pounds and had six inch tushes.

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MO: Robbery Suspect Shot Dead by Victims

Kari Thompson with the Kansas City Police Department said the man who was killed was trying to rob a couple as they were unloading their car.

"These victims complied, however the suspect became more aggressive and attempted to get them to go into the residence," Thompson said. "At that time, one of the victims got their firearms, fired and fired upon the suspect."
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PA: Homeowner Shoots Teen Criminal During Attempted Break-in

Police detained a 17-year-old boy who was shot in the leg late Monday after allegedly trying to break into a home along Clearvue Avenue in Duquesne, according to Allegheny County police Superintendent Coleman McDonough.

McDonough said the teenager fled the area in a car after being shot but drove it over an embankment. Police found him at his Commonwealth Avenue home, McDonough said.
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Friday, July 21, 2017

Where We Disagree- the divergent opinions between gun owners and non-gun owners

Excellent essay by Rob Morse.  Good job, Rob.

Legal gun ownership is heavily regulated in the United States.  Protecting our rights is not necessary when we agree.  It becomes essential to protect a minority view, and gun owners are a minority here in the US.  Pew research conducted a series of interviews last month.  They released reports on the opinions of gun owners and non-gun owners.  Here are where gun owners and non-owners disagree based on recent polling data.

The urban/rural divide-

Gun-culture 2.0 is centered around self-defense rather than hunting.  That motivation has grown in recent years but there is still a large urban/rural divide in gun ownership and the attitude towards firearms.  Most rural households have a gun.  Urban households with a gun remain a minority. You’re almost twice as likely to live with a gun in your home if you live in the country as opposed to the city.  There are similarities.  A majority of gun owners in both settings have a loaded gun easily accessible.  

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VA: Armed Citizens Assist Police in Capturing Carjacking Suspect

“ I jumped out of my truck with my pistol and yelled at the man to get down. He was yelling, ‘ I need help!’ I knew who he was, and I probably used some words you can’t print,” Morgan said. “ I just kept yelling, ‘ Get down on the ground!’” Morgan said he fired a shot into the ground both to scare the fugitive as well as let Warfield and Dulaney know there was trouble.

“ Out in the field, I had no idea what was happening up the hill.”

Dulaney, 48, was on the phone with the 911 dispatcher, relaying exactlywhat was happening. Warfield had grabbed his rifle and was sprinting toward Morgan, who had the suspect on the ground.

“ The guy looked desperate,” Morgan said. “ He looked like he was going totake a chance and run.”

The three men said they were stunned to see the fugitive make the decision torun. “ By then, we had two guns on him, and we could see he had no weapon,” said Warfield, noting the suspect was only wearing shorts, which were falling down, “ and he had nothing in hishands.” Warfield said, “ We did not want to shoot anyone, but when he ran, I knew we needed to protect our neighbors.”
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WA: Teenage Girl uses Fathers Gun to Defend Self

Kimber's parents and boyfriend left for work and after seeing our story. Her boyfriend came across some deputies on his way to work and got more information from them. He then called Kimber to let her know what deputies told him. Kimber then called her dad and asked if she could grab one of his guns for protection. He said yes.

Kimber grabbed a gun, placed it under her pillow and went back to sleep. A short time later she says she woke up to the sound of someone coming into her house. She grabbed the gun and hid behind her makeup vanity. She soon found herself face to face with the man on the run from deputies.

Kimber pulled her gun out, pointed at the suspect and said, "Who are you?" and "Get the (expletive) out of my house!"

According to Kimber, the intruder's eyes got really wide and he ran out of the house. As he was running from the home, Kimber says she fired one shot into the ground.
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CA: Fresno City Councilman uses Gun to Drive off Criminal

No mention is made if Councilman Chavez took his firearm with him while pursuening the criminal. If he did, he might have violated California law.

On Sunday, a day after returning from Mexico, Chavez was watching television at about 8 a.m. when he spotted a man peering through his front window who matched the description of the Wednesday burglar. “As I went to grab my gun, he goes to the house at the back of the property,” Chavez said. “I raised up the back window, pointed my gun at him and asked him, ‘What the (expletive) are you doing on my property?’ ”

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AL: Church Member Shoots Armed Robber at Church, Killing Him

Although the church doors were open that morning, there were still worker there preparing for the upcoming week late into the night.

"They were getting ready to go on a youth trip and they were working late to get ready for the trip in the morning," said LT. Brian Smith.

Many may be wondering why this worker had a handgun on church grounds.

"In a church or not wherever you are you have the chance to defend yourself in your home you have certain additional rights," said LT. Brian Smith.

The second victim of the robbery fired a single shot into the upper torso of the suspect, who was 26-year-old Steffon Tolver.
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TX: Victim Fires Back at Armed Robbery Suspect

Two men were sitting on a front porch when an armed man walked up and attempted to rob them, the statement said.

Police were not sure if the suspect was hit in the exchange of gunfire.

The victim was not seriously hurt, the statement said.
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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Australia Gun Culture: The Feral Predator Problem

Australia has a feral predator problem. Feral dogs and dingo/feral mixtures kill large numbers of lambs and calves. They predate on native species. But as bad as feral dogs and dingo/feral mixes are, the top predator in most places is the feral cat. Exotic foxes, that were imported from England are considered pests.

Restrictions on gun ownership and hunting have made the feral predator problem worse.  The government could encourage people to carry rifles and shoot feral predators. Instead, the government puts out 1080 ejector capsules. When an animal pulls at the bait, the spring loaded ejector propels the poison capsule into the animals mouth. Death comes quickly. 

 Professional hunters also cull wild dogs. To hunt feral dogs, feral cats, or foxes on public land requires a restricted hunting license in New South Wales. It takes a bit more effort than a general license, but is available to those who take a test and belong to an approved hunting organization.

Tom Varney was a legendary wild dog hunter in Australia.

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Feral cats are extremely destructive to Australian wildlife. The ejector capsules do not work with them. Shooters are encouraged to reduce the feral cat population whenever possible. From
Threatened Species Commissioner Gregory Andrews said the cull, which goes until 2020, did not target domestic cats, nor was driven by bloodlust.

"They are the single biggest threat to our native animals, and have already directly driven into extinction 20 out of 30 mammals lost," he said.

"We are not culling cats for the sake of it, we are not doing so because we hate cats.

"We have got to make choices to save animals that we love, and who define us as a nation like the bilby, the warru (Black-footed rock-wallaby) and the night parrot."
Members of the Eykamp family told me that local hunters had some success in baiting and shooting feral cats.

Feral cats are said to kill up to a thousand native animals apiece each year.  One feral cat was confirmed to have killed 102 bats in one week.  Shooters who are helping to control feral cats in Australia say that the .22 rimfire can work, but more powerful calibers work better. From
Feral cats can be tough to eradicate so with a .22 rimfire close in shots are best and shots to the head or neck with high velocity .22 ammo are recommended. I have witnessed the Editor put a .22 LR High Velocity HP into the chest of a feral cat marauding around a warren from 30 metres and it ran away to be unrecoverable.

Depending on the size of property for the reason of safety, the .223 and other similar centrefire calibers will do a good humane job on feral cats. Also the fox whistle and predator type callers can help in attracting the feral cat and also glassing around rabbit warrens can be productive in finding them in the first place.
Natural selection seems to be favoring larger feral cats. From
“There’s no question there is a selection for bigger cats,” he said.

“The bigger a cat is, the more likely it is to survive in the wild and catch prey which means it is more likely to be successful at breeding.”

He said other factors such as the animals feral cats eat and their movements probably didn’t have as much of an impact.

“I think it’s got to be genetic,” he said.
A large feral cat in Gippsland was projected to be 170 cm long, or five and a half feet, long, including 60 cm or two feet, of tail. The record length for a domestic cat was claimed to be 121.9 cm.  The head of the Gippsland specimen was destroyed in the accident that killed the animal.

Foxes can be a problem for farmers, and are often shot in populated areas. They kill many native animals.

Exotic (non-native) foxes shot by a farmer in NSW, Australia.

Feral predators are a large problem in Australia. In America, before 1960, there were bounties placed on animals that caused problems.  Encouragement of widespread gun ownership and the hunting of pests can be part of the solution to feral and exotic pests in Australia.

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MI: Repo Man Shoots Pit Bull

DETROIT (WJBK) - A repo man said when he pulled up to repossess a vehicle in Detroit, he had no choice to but to shoot a family's dog that he says was ready to attack. But the owner of the dog says that's not true - from the back of a police car.
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MI: Armed Witness Shoots Aggressive Window Breaker

The person was arguing with the driver and at some point allegedly pulled out an object and broke a window in the truck.

The driver of the truck drove off, and the suspect gave chase, still with the object in his hand.

At that point, police say a 23-year-old man who was in the area pulled a gun on the suspect and issued a warning: “don’t come any closer.”
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CA: Rancho Cucamonga Homeowner Shoots Knifeman

RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. (KABC) -- A Rancho Cucamonga homeowner shot and wounded a thief who advanced at him with a knife, the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department said.

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UT: Man Shoots Acquaintance who kept advancing

RIVERTON — A Riverton homeowner tried several times to get an intruder to stay away before resorting to shooting him, according to a search warrant affidavit filed in 3rd District Court.
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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

SC: Victim Disarms Armed Robber, Shoots Same

Police say Bradley got into a fight with a 60-year-old man shortly after 2:00 a.m. Tuesday morning in the 5800 block of Koon Road in North Columbia. During the struggle, police say Bradley pointed a gun at the victim and then punched him in the head while demanding money. The two then struggled over the gun and the victim shot Bradley in the leg twice, according to police.

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TN: Robber Shoots, Murders Man, Armed Witness Shoots Robber

It happened about 10:30 p.m. in the 1200 block of McLemore. Officers arrived to find two people shot. They say an 18-year-old suspect robbed and shot a 24-year-old man. Police say a witness then shot the 18-year-old suspect. The person who shot the suspect is not in custody.

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MI: Gunfight, Homeowner Killed, one Invader Wounded

FLINT, MI - A pair of teenagers have been identified by Flint police as suspects in a home invasion early Tuesday morning on the city's east side that left a 63-year-old man dead.

Officers responded around 5 a.m. on Tuesday, July 11, to the 100 block of South Cumberland Street - off of Longway Boulevard - after a call to 911 in reference to a shooting in the area.

The incident started as a home invasion, but it soon turned into shots fired between the male homeowner and two teenage males, ages 17 and 18, police said. The homeowner was confirmed dead at the scene.
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Followup CO: Domestic Involvement, Shooting of Acquaintance Justified

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - A Colorado Springs man was justified in shooting and killing an acquaintance who had barged into his home and was charging at him as young children were just several feet away, the DA's office announced Tuesday.
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IN: Homeowner Shoots Robbery Suspect

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Police say a homeowner on the far east side of Indianapolis shot an attempted robbery suspect late Thursday night.

The shooting occurred in the 3200 block of Milford Road just before 11 p.m. IMPD officers tell us a man was returning home when another man attacked him.

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Book Review: "Oh What Have I Done" 266 pages, Amazon

Roy Ekamp, 99 with Dean Weingarten (mustache and hat)
Oh What Have I Done, by Roy Eykamp, Amazon, paperback 266 pages $25, Kindle $9.99, Kindle text to speech enabled.

Roy Eykamp is 99 years old.  He made his first gun when he was seven years old. It was a crude pistol made from a barrel he salvaged from the trash, fired with a hand held hammer, and later, strong rubber bands cut from inner-tubes and a breechblock. 

He used it to start his lifelong talent for making money. He shot gophers with it, using .22 shorts. The government paid a 5 cent bounty for each gopher. He made enough money shooting gophers, that when his mother confiscated his homemade gun, he was able to buy a factory one with the proceeds, a Winchester single shot. It was likely a model 67, and cost $5.  With the Winchester, he was able to shoot jack rabbits, which had a bounty of 9 cents.

A picture of Roy when he was 16 shows him with upgraded armament. He is holding what appears to be a Springfield 86, a good bolt action .22 with tubular magazine.  I carried the sister rifle, model 84-C, with the detachable 5 shot magazine, for most of my youth.

Oh What Have I Done is the remarkable story of a life of invention, adventure, and achievement.  Roy Eykamp lived through the transformation of farming from horsepower to the giant agricultural machines of today. He was born in 1918, and is clear headed today.  His story is one that could be inspirational reading for every high school student. He shows how an innovative thinker and hard worker raised himself and his family by his bootstraps. In the process, he improved agriculture world wide. One of his patents became accepted practice, and is widely used today.

His early years show that firearms were integral and accepted tools in America a hundred years ago.  Roy became an exceptional shot who always thought outside the box. From shooting pheasants on the fly with a single-shot .22, to hunting Canadian wolves from an airplane, his shooting skills were highly honed and superior to most.

I do not recommend attempting to duplicate his feats today. Using .22 shorts like artillery shells to take out geese feeding on corn, out of sight and half a mile away, over a hill, is not something to encourage in today's crowded society. You have to read the story to see if you find it credible. I did.

The book is about more than shooting and guns. As you follow Roy's adventures, you learn how a keen eye for detail and a talent for invention lead Roy to successful production.  Then an inner voice took him to Australia, in 1963.

Thomas Jefferson wrote:
The greatest service which can be rendered any country is to add a useful plant to its culture.
Roy Eykamp accomplished that feat. He added Kikuyu grass to the useful plants available to Australian and world agriculture. Kikuyu originated in South Africa. Several people had tried to find a way to produce Kikuyu seed in an economical way.  All had failed. Roy, ignoring the experts, using his own observations and experiments, succeeded. He was able to find ways to grow Kikuyu and produce marketable seed. The Eykamps market Kikuyu seed all over the world. Kikuyu produces remarkable turf, and superior pasture land.

Roy and his family are primary producers who have significantly increased the productivity of world agriculture.  Their success has improved the lives of innumerable people.

His story is worth the reading.  I am privileged to have met him.

Oh What Have I Done is available on Kindle and in paperpack at

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OH: Husband Shoots Man who Attempted to Kidnap Wife

Police said a woman was coming from work, when she got out of her car, a man attempted to kidnap her. Police said she was able to get away, but the suspect threw a rock at the woman and her husband.

CPD said the husband fired a warning shot, but it was not enough to deter the suspect.

As the husband and wife were returning home, police said the suspect came back and the husband shot him.
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OH: 3-Year-Old Alerts Father, Father Shoots Robbery Suspect

According to the 911 call released by the sheriff’s office, the woman who called 911 said the intruder shouted an obscenity and her husband shot him once in the chest. That intruder, later identified as 22-year-old Jacob Craft of Eaton, died the same night at Miami Valley Hospital.

When the 911 dispatcher asked about the intruder, the woman said, “I have no idea who he is. He had a mask tied over his face. His eyes were showing and he had a hat on…it was like a bandanna.”

Simpson has declined to say what kind or caliber handgun Craft or the husband had in their possession. The husband was alerted to the intruder by his 3-year-son, who had come into the home and alerted his father that “a robber’s here, daddy,” running toward the house.
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FL: Man Shoot Uncontrolled Pit Bull

A man shot a pit bull mix that he said charged him in the front yard of a Palm Bay home Tuesday morning, police said.

The incident occurred just before 8 a.m. on the 2900 block of Wilkinson Ave. SE, and the dog was later put down.

The owner of the approximately 1-year-old dog, Squid, however, disputes that the dog posed any danger.
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Followup PA: Bongiorni Found Innocent in Wilbert Shooting

Bongiorni, 69, facing the jury, nodded as he learned of the outcome and shook slightly. His daughter, Darlo Bongiorni, wept. Her phone call to her father for help when the intoxicated Wilbert arrived at her door prompted a confrontation between the two men in the middle of a street in the Bongiornis’ Burgettstown neighborhood.

A crowd of his supporters applauded James Bongiorni as he exited the courtroom, still escorted by sheriff’s deputies. Bongiorni had to briefly return to the county jail, where he has been an inmate during a yearlong stay.

Bongiorni, in testimony Friday, claimed he was justified in firing a single, fatal shot into Wilbert’s stomach during an episode that transpired in a Burgettstown street because Wilbert moved toward him with a Bowie knife, contradicting the assertions of other witnesses that Wilbert had no knife.
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KY: Neighbor Shoots two Dogs of Pack that Killed 79-Year-Old

The video showed two of the dogs approached Tucker initially without problem.

When a third approached, however, all the dogs quickly became aggressive and Tucker fell to the ground, Correll said.

“It looked like it was very unprovoked,” he said of the attack.

A neighbor shot two of the dogs and police had to shoot a third, while the fourth ran off, Correll said.

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Monday, July 17, 2017

MO: Gun Beats Box Cutter in St. Louis

ST. LOUIS, Mo. ( -

A man who attempted to steal a car on Thursday night is now in the hospital after being shot by the car's owner.

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Australia Gun Culture: Ownership Increases in NSW and Australia: part 6

Image from the The Northern Daily Leader

In the above chart, the numbers are unclear. Is it 14,542 registered guns, or licensed gun owners in Tamworth, NSW, Australia? Is the increase since 2010 in registered guns, or licensed gun owners?

The number of legal guns and likely, licensed gun owners, is increasing in Australia. It is difficult to know exactly how much it is increasing because statistics are not well kept. National statistics are uncertain because of differences in state systems.  From an article in from 2011:
Today, that national system is in a mess. No federal agencies or crime researchers were able to tell the ABC exactly how many registered guns or licensed shooters are in the country, and by how much gun numbers and gun owners were increasing.

The best estimate was 2.7 million registered guns, based on patchy figures supplied to Background Briefing.

The national police information service CrimTrac does have a national database, and it lists 4.3 million registered firearms. A CrimTrac spokesperson says it has no control over the data and was unable to say anything else about those 4.3 million guns.

For the past 15 years, gun homicide rates have been falling, but researchers fear because gun data is poorly kept and rarely shared, new crime trends involving guns are being missed.
It is clear that legal gun numbers have surpassed those that were in existence when the extraordinarily strict gun laws were imposed on Australia in 1996.

The registration and storage measures were rushed through the legislature in record time. The successful strategy was to pass them before any serious objection could be raised, during the emotional reaction to the Port Arthur massacre.

It is hard to reconcile the 2.7 million registered guns  said to be "The best estimate" with the CrimTrac police figure of 4.3 million registered firearms.

The number given for Tamworth, NSW is 14,542. The population of Tamworth in 2016 was estimated at 61,800. It makes a considerable difference if there is one registered gun for every 4 people, or one licensed gun owner.

In either case, legal gun ownership is on the rise. It may be due to unintended consequences created by the extremely strict penalties put in place in 1996.

For example, it takes weeks to be approved to purchase a new gun. The system requires an application to purchase. The approved application to purchase is good for 90 days, and generally costs a non-refundable $30.

If a licensed owner is considering purchasing a gun, and does not wish to make multiple trips to a gun store, they are likely to spend the $30 for a permit to purchase in advance, and carry it with them. Gasoline is $5 a gallon in Australia.

With the permit, if they see a rifle or shotgun that they like, they can purchase it on the spot. As the end of the 90 days approaches, the motivation to use the permit and not "lose" the $30 investment rises, increasing the likelihood of a purchase.

Similarly, a wife, son, brother, or sister, is not allowed to have access to a gun safe that their husband, brother or sister keeps their guns in. The motivation is strong (required by law) to have multiple gun safes to keep multiple guns for separate users.

I asked about the availability of used gun safes. I was told they were immediately snapped up when they became available. The Tamworth gun shop had multiple new gun safes available for sale.

How many legal gun owners are there in Australia? It appears that no one knows for certain. It could be anywhere from 1 million to 3 million. The total population of Australia is about 24 million.

The Shooters, Fishers, and Farmers party represents the interests of firearms owners in Australia. It is the only party dedicated fighting for shooters rights in Western democracies. It currently has three members of the NSW Parliament, two members of the Victoria Parliament, and one member of the Western Australia Parliament. National vote levels for the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party are about 3% of the totals. In Australia, all voters are required to vote by law.

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Australia: Man Fights Armed Robbers with Cricket Bat

In Australia, self defense is not considered a legal reason to own a gun. In the case below, the store owners had to resort to a Cricket bat to defend themselves and their property. The son ended in the hospital with multiple knife wounds.

The business was once again targeted just four days later when three men entered the store armed with a knife and an imitation gun on Wednesday night. They stole cash and alcohol before leaving on foot.

But this time, 29-year-old Lavi Arora confronted the alleged offenders with a cricket bat. Even as he received multiple stab wounds and was bleeding from his back, chest and stomach, he gave the robbers a chase with other staff. Two other staff at the store also received minor injuries as a result of the affray.

Lavi was hospitalised for treatment of his stab wounds.

Mr Arora says these were the same group of men who robbed his store last week.
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Australian Gun Culture: .22 Ammo Prices

I visited Tamworth Firearms, in Tamworth Australia to check on the prices of .22 ammunition. There was a plentiful supply, and the prices for the Federal bulk pack of 525 was not too bad. At $42 for 525 rounds, it seems high, but the exchange rate is about 75 U.S. cents for an Australian dollar. Thus, $42 Australian translates to $31.50 American, including taxes.  That is 6 American cents per round.

Tamworth Firearms in Australia is laid out much like an American gun shop, except there are no pistols to be seen, and airguns are treated the same as firearms.

The .22 magnum cartridges were much higher priced.

At $23 Australian a box, that is 46 cents Australian per round, or 34.5 cents in American money.  At the Eycamp farm, officially known as Medway, I was shown a carton of .22 magnum ammunition with a price of $75 per 500 rounds. That is only 15 cents a round. Perhaps it was an old box, before the ammunition bubble, or when the exchange rate was more favorable to Australia.

The sales tax in Australia is figured into the prices that are displayed. In Arizona, the sales tax is added at the cash register, so that customers know how much tax is being added to the price. To be fair, the 7% sales tax in Arizona should be added to the Ammunition prices to compare them to the Australian prices. 

I visited the Cal Farms Store in Arizona shortly before I left for Australia. The Federal 525 value pack was on the shelf at $24.95. With the sales tax, the Federal .22 Long Rifle ammunition comes to $26.70 per 525 bulk pack, or 5.08 cents per round compared to 6 cents per round in Australia.  The .22 magnum CCI ammunition was listed at 29.98 cents per round in Arizona.  With the sales tax, that comes to 32.1 cents per round.  That is only a couple of pennies per round less than the magnum in Australia at Tamworth.

It appears that ammunition prices in Australia are close to those in the American market. Australia does not seem to have suffered from the bubble as much as shooters in the United States. It might be because the Australian shooters are just a small part of the overall market.

In general, prices are much higher in Australia than in the United States. Gasoline is above $5 U.S. dollars per gallon.  Food prices are higher. I paid $10 for a McDonalds 1/4 pounder meal with fries and a drink. No refills on the drink.
But for ammunition, at the current exchange rate, .22 prices are comparable.

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Saturday, July 15, 2017

Australian Gun Culture, Government Uses Iconic Dakota Arms as Amnesty Example part 5

I was seated in the Eykamp farm kitchen in NSW, Australia when Donald Eykamp stormed in and shoved a paper in my face. 
"Look at this!" He exclaimed. "That is a Dakota rifle! One of the most expensive production rifles in the world!  They cost $5,000 each. Look at the ebony fore end, the wrap around checkering, the grip cap, the classic peep sight, the short fore end, the inside the trigger guard magazine release, the Model 70 end of the receiver! Not one of these rifles have ever been used in a crime!"
I have two of them in South Dakota! I know what they look like!
Dakota Arms is one of the highest priced production rifles on the market.

The picture of the iconic Dakota Arms rifle is in an advertisement purchased by the Australian government for its ongoing firearms amnesty. During July, August, and September, the government will be allowing people to turn in firearms to the Australian government without arresting them for illegal gun possession.

Firearms that are unregistered, but which can be registered, will be allowed to be made legal.  So, an provisional mass murderer, who happens to have hidden away a $5,000 semi-custom version (the black ebony fore end is for an additional price), can now register this weapon of mass destruction after he has dug it up from its burial place. They can do this at a police station or at a gun shop.

Donald thought that the rifle in the picture was probably owned by a high up government official, when some picture of a gun was needed for the advertisement. My thought was that the owner of the advertising firm that the government contracted to do the ad might own it.

The advertisement could have been worse. They could have used a Holland and Holland double rifle in .470 Nitro Express.

I was at Tamworth the other day. If you look at the top article on the left of the picture, it mentions the problems they are having with flying foxes, which are large, fruit eating bats. They make a big mess, with bat scat landing on everything in sight. Donald says the townspeople hate them. There were thousands of them. I took a picture.

In the United States, those who push for a disarmed population, use pictures of "scary" AR 15 variants, or inexpensive pistols.

In Australia, they use $5,000 semi-custom hunting rifles used by elite hunters, all over the world. Those are the iconic types of guns that must be turned in to "make the community safer".

Most everything in Australia is a bit higher priced. Gasoline is $5 a gallon ($1.29 a liter).  The United States doesn't have to worry about flying foxes' scat.  We have pigeons and starlings.  If an American gun owner sees a Dakota rifle at a gun turn in, he will offer cash for it. In most American states, it would be legal for him to buy it, without government permission.

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NC: Woman Shoots Man Attempting to Enter her Home

Deputies said a woman at 320 S. Plank Road grabbed her pistol after hearing somebody jiggling her door knob just before 11 a.m.

When the woman answered the door, Bryant Latrelle Martin, 29, of 281 S. Plank Road, attempted to force his way into the house and got into a struggle with the homeowner, authorities said. The woman told deputies that she fired several shots at Martin, who ran from the front porch.

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OH: Armed Victim Shoots Robbery Suspect

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Columbus police are investigating a shooting that sent a robbery suspect to the hospital.

According to the Columbus Division of Police, at about 7:22am, Thursday, officers were called to the 6000 block of Barbour Ridge Drive on the report of a shooting.

Police say during a robbery attempt, the victim shot the suspect.
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Friday, July 14, 2017

Australian Gun Culture: "Safe Storage" and Registration: Part 4

Donald Eykamp working in Farm Shop
The Australian gun law requires two things that are often cited as "common sense" by those without an understanding of everyday gun use. They are universal gun registration and "safe storage".  Both have been weaponized against gun owners in Australia. They are an object lesson of what to avoid for those fighting for the right to arms in America and elsewhere.

Registration does nothing to prevent crime. Both New Zealand and Canada had extensive gun registration schemes similar to Australia's. Both concluded that gun registration is costly and not effective in preventing crime. Both repealed their gun registration schemes in favor of gun owner registration systems.

In the Canadian and New Zealand systems, once a gun owner is cleared to own guns, they can own guns without a problem. Guns can easily be transferred among legal gun owners and gun shops.

Pistols are restricted much more than long guns in all three countries.

In Canada, pistols have been registered for 80 years. In that period, there was only one ambiguous case where registration might have helped solve a crime.

In Australia, the registration system is dangerous and cumbersome for the gun owner. Only the person who registered the gun may use the gun. An exception is made for people who are in the presence of the gun owner.

A gun may be borrowed or loaned to another person for a hunting trip or for vermin control, or simply to try out, if the person the gun is loaned to has the proper license for that category of guns. If the gun is to be transferred for more than 14 days, the police have to be notified of the new "safe storage" location.

Only the gun owner is allowed to have access to the metal safe the gun owner is required to store the guns in.

Donald Eykamp, above, was diagnosed with cancer shortly after his guns were impounded. He beat the odds after a long hospital stay, extreme radiation treatments, and borderline chemotherapy. It is difficult and dangerous for him to walk. Falling could be fatal. He tires easily.

If he had his guns, they would have to be locked up except when he was using them. If he saw a wild pig rooting in the crops, he could not have his assistant get a rifle for him.  If the safe were left open, it would be in violation of the law.  Most of the charges against him are for "unsafe storage" because he briefly left two of his safes open, while living alone at his farm.

Another person is not allowed the combination to a safe or access to a key; that would be a violation.  If the other person were a licensed gun owner, it may be permissible for a person with the same level of license as the gun owner. A husband cannot allow his wife the combination to his gun safe.

Only licensed firearms dealers are allowed to manufacture, repair, or alter firearms or firearms parts.

It is seductive in Australia to circumvent the irrational law. That lays legal traps for the gun owner that can have severe consequences.

Australian Farm Gun Safes
In Donald Eykamp's case, $150,000 of his guns are still in police custody while the case is appealed.  18 highly valued rifles and shotguns were in a locked safe when he was raided. Those guns were allowed to be stored with a gun shop after Donald's fines were paid, by order of the court. The gun shops are legally liable for guns stored by owners, and charge a fee for storage.

The minimum fee offered Donald for storage was $35 per gun per week.  Donald's case has been ongoing for over 100 weeks. That would be storage fees of $3500 per gun!  Some of Donald's guns are worth more than that. Donald's case will set precedent.

Few Australians contest a case involving gun storage. The value of the guns would quickly be eroded. The guns have to stay in storage until a transfer is approved. Guns are tied to a single person when registered to them. They may be stored by another registered gun owner, if the other owner has the same level of license. If the storage is for more than 14 days, the police must be notified.

In Donald's case, his long relationship with a custom gunsmith allowed for a negotiated solution. Donald purchased a $900 gun safe for the legal storage of his guns in the gun smith's shop.  When the guns are gone from the shop, the safe will become the property of the gunsmith. As of this date, Donald's guns are still being transferred from that safe.

In Australia, the combination of universal registry of legal guns and the extreme "safe storage" law puts gun owners at legal risk. The interpretation of the law varies widely with individual law enforcement officers.  It is a prescription for the disaster that happened to Donald Eykamp.  The case is under appeal.  The results are expected in the next few weeks.

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

TN: Robbery Suspect Shot by Armed Woman

A 49-year-old man was shot and is in critical condition after police said he attempted to rob a woman outside of her Midtown apartment early Tuesday morning.

The incident happened around 12:30 a.m. Tuesday in the 100 block of N. McLean near Poplar, police said.
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OR: Woman Fires Gun to Stop Break-In

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – A woman fired two rounds from a gun at a person she believed was trying to break into her home, according to court documents.

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Florida Open Carry Case Appealed to U.S. Supreme Court

The Dale Norman open carry case in Florida has been appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court. Most cases that are appealed to the Supreme Court are refused.

The case started back in 2012, when Dale Lee Norman walked down the street with his pistol showing.  He had recently obtained his concealed carry permit, and did not realize that his firearm was completely exposed.

He was convicted of the open carry of a firearm.  His case was appealed to the 4th Circuit court of appeals.   The state Advocate General fought very hard to keep the case from being appealed.  The case made it all the way to the Florida Supreme Court which ruled against Norman, 4-2, in a mixed decision. From
The petition to the U.S. Supreme Court came slightly more than four months after the Florida Supreme Court, in a 4-2 decision, upheld the longstanding law. Monday's 35-page petition contends the law violates the Second Amendment and conflicts with U.S. Supreme Court rulings about gun rights.

“The issue is whether a prohibition on peaceably and openly carrying a lawfully-owned handgun infringes on `the right of the people to . . . bear arms' protected by the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution,” said the petition, posted on the website of the group Florida Carry, which has helped represent Dale Norman, the man arrested in St. Lucie County.
The case was decided on the controversial basis of "intermediate scrutiny". 

The lowest form of scrutiny of law by federal courts is "rational scrutiny" virtually all laws are held to be Constitutional under that basis. The only requirement under "rational scrutiny" is that the legislature could have believed the law had some rational purpose.

In U.S. v. Heller, the Supreme Court held that mere "rational basis" could not be used as the level of scrutiny in basic Second Amendment cases. Some appeals courts have bypassed that prohibition by calling their level of scrutiny "intermediate scrutiny". In practice, "intermediate scrutiny" is "rational scrutiny" with a different label.  Those courts have used "intermediate scrutiny" to deny Second Amendment rights to defendants. That is what the Supreme Court of Florida appears to have done. From the petition for ceritorari:

Florida law provides for licenses to carry handguns concealed, but prohibits carrying firearms openly. Petitioner, who had such license, was convicted of openly carrying a firearm on a public street. The majority of the Florida Supreme Court upheld the ban under intermediate scrutiny based on conjecture by counsel about why the legislature may have banned open carry. 
The issue is whether a prohibition on peaceably and openly carrying a lawfully-owned handgun infringes on “the right of the people to . . . bear arms” protected by the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution. That issue also involves the extent to which a restriction on a constitutional right may be upheld, under a proper standard of review, on the basis of a post hoc argument of counsel with no foundation in the legislative or factual record.
Very few cases that petition for ceritorari are accepted by the Supreme Court. This case joins the ranks of several others that deal with the Second Amendment right to carry arms outside of the home. At some point, the Supreme Court will need to deal with the issue.

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MO: Armed Victim Shoots at Armed Robber

When police arrived at the scene, they found a 27-year-old male victim who had been approached by a black man at 1014 Claudell Lane.

The victim told police the robber pointed a handgun at him and demanded his belongings. The victim said he pulled out his own handgun and fired several shots at the robber.
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MI: Man Shoots Pit Bull Mix Attacking his Mastiff

The man said that his dog, a Mastiff, was still on the leash when the other dogs, a pit bull and a lab mix, squeezed through a gap in the fence. He said that the dogs then attacked his dog without provocation.

The man told police he tried to fight off the pit bull who was attacking his dog but was not successful. He was fearing for his life, he said, when he pulled a handgun and shot the dog twice, killing the dog.

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TX: Armed Man Shoots, Wounds, Home Invader

A home invasion Wednesday night in Licking has been ruled self-defense against an aggressive home invader, according to Texas County Sheriff James Sigman.

Sigman said a 34-year-old man who lives at the Highway 32 home said a 28-year-old man was attempting to break into the home while cursing and challenging the homeowner. The man forced his way into the home, Sigman said, and the homeowner fired one shot from his pistol. The man said he was unsure if the bullet struck the person.

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TN: Armed Man Shoots Robbery Suspect

MEMPHIS, Tenn. ( - A suspected robber is in the hospital after police say he was shot while assaulting a man at a gas station.

The shooting happened at about 3:20 p.m. Friday on the 600 block of S. Highland.
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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Gun Promotion - Get a Roof, Get a Gun

In the Video below, the WeatherprooF Roofing and Exteriors company is offering guns as an inducement for purchasing their products.  With the final payment for a roof replacement and exterior repairs due to a hail or wind storm, you get a "free" gun.

Link to video

Why are we giving away AR 15s with every completed roof and exterior home repair? Because it symbolizes, at our core, who we are; True American Patriots. Just like the AR 15 we’re promoting, our roofs are built for Americans, by Americans. We chose the AR 15 for this promotion because, for patriots like us, its true representation is the high cost of freedom we enjoy in these United States.

The natural question is, “Why give an AR 15 to civilians?” The answer is found in the beliefs that shaped our nation by our founding fathers; that a well-armed population is the best defense for protecting your life, liberty and happiness.

The leaders of Weatherproof Roofing & Exteriors are Bible-believing, gun-owning patriots that believe gun ownership is both a privilege and a right.
There is a long history of using guns as an inducement to sell products in the United States. In San Francisco, in 1887, the San Francisco Chronicle gave away free .38 caliber revolvers with newspaper subscriptions. Guns have been given away for opening bank accounts and for buying trucks and cars

The gun promotions always seem to work well. There are far more people who value and want guns than there are people who are turned off by gun promotions.

Every gun promotion that I have investigated has been a greater success than the promoter thought it would be. There are numerous reasons for this success.

It is usually better to be a contrarian, doing something that makes you stand out from the crowd. A gun promotion fits this criteria, giving the marketer significant publicity for free. In addition, the popularity of guns has been downplayed by the Establishment media. This gives those who go against the narrative that "guns are bad" an advantage, because they appeal to the large majority of Americans who believe, contrary to the narrative, that guns are valuable, and thus, good.

Weatherproof Roofing has a winner with this promotion.  The promotion has been so successful that the business is in the process of expanding his company.

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NE: Hastings Man Uses Handgun to Shoot Backyard Coyote

At about 9 p.m. Friday a 51-year-old Hastings man shot a coyote in the 1700 block of West Apache Avenue, Hastings Police Sgt. Mark Hinrichs said.

Hinrichs said according to the report, the coyote was near the backyard fence of the man’s house, taunting his dogs. The man shot and wounded the coyote, causing it to run from the scene.

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ME: Woman Kills Neighbor's Uncontrolled Mastiff

The Portland Press Herald reports ( ) Leroy Hart’s 2-year-old French mastiff, Max, was fatally shot after wandering into a neighbor’s yard. Freeport police say they received reports of a dog chasing livestock before the shooting.

Lt. Nathaniel Goodman said in a statement Thursday the police department is not considering any charges after reviewing facts in the shooting and state laws. The woman’s name wasn’t immediately known.

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Followup OK: Neighbor Justified in Shooting Man to Save Twin Babies

ADA, Okla. — It was a case that stunned residents in a small Oklahoma city earlier this year – a resident told police he shot and killed his neighbor to keep the man from drowning two young children.

On Thursday, a little more than a month after the shooting, officials announced that the case is closed – the Pontotoc County District Attorney ruled the shooting was a ‘justifiable use of deadly force under Oklahoma Law.’
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Monday, July 10, 2017

TX: Coffee Shop Plans to cater to Second Amendment Supporters

A coffee shop that caters to Second Amendment Supporters and armed customers is hoping to open in 2018. So far it is only a web site with an online store that sells ground coffee and T-shirts.  They are seeking investors, if you are  interested.

Here is a description of the proposed enterprise, from their web site. From
To us, Operator Coffee is more than a coffee shop, it's a cause. We are a group of airborne veterans, special operations veterans, and active members of the shooting community. The idea for Operator Coffee was born out of a love for quality coffee and the desire for a way to get veterans and shooters together. When veterans leave the military it is easy for depression to set in. The loss of military and combat brotherhood, combined with a belief in being misunderstood by the civilian world can be overwhelming. With veteran suicide on the rise, we want to create a place for veterans to get together, reestablish that bond, and seek support from brothers and like minded individuals. Operator Coffee isn't just for vets though, everyone in the 2a community is welcome to join in the fun. Our goal is to become the family favorite for all second amendment supporting citizens. Join us as we build a coffee company that supports the second amendment, veterans, law enforcement, and traditional conservative values.
It might become a competitor to the VFW, without the requirement that you have served overseas.  At present, it appears to be another interesting idea seeking financial backing.

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Anti-Second Amendment Academics Shot Down in Texas Campus Carry Case

In August, 2016, two professors from the University of Austin, Texas, and an Associate Teaching Assistant Professor, sued the Attorney General of Texas, Ken Paxton, the President of the University of Texas, Austin, and the Members of the Board of Regents of the University of Texas at Austin.

A number of frivolous claims were offered in an attempt to stop the Texas statute allowing exercise of the Second Amendment on Campus from going into effect. The claims included that the law is vague, the law violated the plaintiffs' First Amendment, Second Amendment, and Fourteenth Amendment rights.  The arguments were childish, irrational, emotional rants.  Here is an example:

48. The Texas statutes and university policies that prohibit Plaintiffs from exercising their individual option to forbid handguns in their classrooms violate the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution, as applied in Texas through the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. These policies and procedures deprive Plaintiffs of their Second Amendment right to defend themselves and others in their classrooms from handgun violence by compelling them as public employees to passively acquiesce in the presence of loaded weaponry in their place of public employment without the individual possession and use of such weaponry in public being well-regulated. This infringement lacks any important justification and is imposed without any substantial link between the objectives of the policies and the means chosen to achieve them.
Judge Lee Yeakel heard the claims, read the suit, and concluded that the plaintiffs had no standing because they had not suffered any harm.  From
A federal judge has dismissed a long-shot lawsuit filed by three University of Texas at Austin professors seeking to overturn the state's 2015 campus carry law, which allows people to carry concealed handguns inside most public university buildings.

District Judge Lee Yeakel wrote in his decision that the professors — Jennifer Lynn Glass, Lisa Moore and Mia Carter — couldn't present any "concrete evidence to substantiate their fears" that campus carry would have a chilling effect on free speech.

From the decision, at
The court concludes that Plaintiffs have not established an injury-in-fact, nor that the alleged injury is traceable to any conduct of Defendants. Friends of the Earth, 528 U.S. at 180-81. Accordingly, the court will dismiss this cause for lack of subject-matter jurisdiction. Crane v. Johnson, 783 F.3d 244,251 (5th Cir. 2015). ("Because [appellants] have not alleged a sufficient injury in fact to satisfy the requirements of constitutional standing, we dismiss their claims for lack of subject matter jurisdiction.")


IT IS ORDERED that UT Defendants' Motion to Dismiss Plaintiffs' Amended Complaint (Clerk's Doc. No. 64) and Defendant Ken Paxton's Motion to Dismiss the First Amended Complaint (Clerk's Doe. No. 65) are GRANTED
 The results of the lawsuit are were expected. The claims were frivolous to those who actually read them.

It took nearly a year for the court to reach that conclusion.  Some Minnesota students attempted to duplicate the Texas protests. No serious incidents have been associated with the restoration of Second Amendment freedoms on Campus.  Other than the Minnesota copy cat protests,  protests related to Texas Campus Carry have withered away.

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LA: Armed Victim Shoots Assailant

According to the victim, he was walking when he was suddenly body slammed to the ground by an unknown black male. Because he says that he feared for his life, he told the man that he was armed.

Police says the victim then pulled his gun from his waist and shot the suspect three times. The suspect then fled the scene while reaching for his waistband.
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NC: Man Shoots Intruder in Legs

LUMBERTON — A Lumberton businessman says a fleeting thought of his mother probably saved the life of a teenage intruder early Friday as he made a decision to shoot to hurt, not kill.
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MS: Store Owner Shoots Teen in Ear When Burglar Reached for Gun

BATESVILLE, Miss. - A Batesville store owner who had enough of people breaking into his store camped out and waited on the burglars.

When two broke into his store early Wednesday morning, he shot one of them as the burglary suspect reached for a gun.

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Sunday, July 09, 2017

PA: State Law Allows Guns and Knives in Schools for Lawful Purposes

In Pennsylvania, it is illegal to possess a weapon on school grounds. There are broad exceptions. From 18 Pa.C.S. 912(c):
(c) Defense.--It shall be a defense that the weapon is possessed and used in conjunction with a lawful supervised school activity or course or is possessed for other lawful purpose.
 The words are clear. The meaning is plain.  On 16 February, 2017, the Superior Court of Pennsylvania correctly decided to uphold the plain language of the law.  From Commonwealth v. Goslin (pdf):
We conclude that the language of Section 912(c), though broad, is unambiguous, and that Appellant possessed his pocketknife on school grounds for “other lawful purpose.” Therefore, we vacate Appellant’s Judgment of Sentence and order a new trial.4
The Superior Court decision was filed on 16 February, 2017. It did not take long for another law abiding citizen to be saved from the clutches of overzealous bureaucrats: From
Jordan was charged with a single count of possessing a weapon on school property. That charge was withdrawn Friday, however, due to new guidance from the Pennsylvania Superior Court in another case, Commonwealth v. Goslin.

That opinion, filed Feb. 26, stated that carpenter Andrew Goslin brought a work knife with him to a meeting at an elementary school. He was found guilty of possessing a weapon on school property during a bench trial, but appealed the verdict.

The statute provides that “it shall be a defense that the weapon is possessed and used in conjunction with a lawful supervised school activity or course or is possessed for other lawful purpose,” according to the opinion.

Goslin argued on appeal that the trial court misread the statute to require that the “other lawful purpose” must be related to the reason that the possessor is on school property. The Superior Court agreed and vacated the conviction.
Jordan had a legally possessed pistol in his backpack.  He has a valid Pennsylvania concealed carry permit. 

The Superintendent of the school, Daniel G.l Nerelli is a typical waffling bureaucrat. He says he supports the Second Amendment... but ... In other words, he only supports the Second Amendment when he finds it convenient to do so. From
Whelan said he supports the Second Amendment, but does not agree with the law as written and would raise the issue with local legislators to see if it can be amended.
It is only recently that guns and knives have been considered "forbiden" in schools. They were fairly common in schools when I was growing up. The Federal government started to encourage schools to ban guns in 1990 and 1994. After those bans were put into effect, mass school shootings increased 440%.

Bans on guns and knives in schools do not increase school safety. They are emotionally driven, and have the intention of delegitimizing the exercise of the Second Amendment.

The Pennsylvania Superior Court ruling in Commonwealth v. Goslin is an appropriate and commonsense step away from eviscerating the rule of law.

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MN: Bicyclist Shoots Pit Bull in Self Defense

With enough effort, the animal was said to have broken its chain before running towards the complainant. The caller said he was afraid and believed the pit bull intended to hurt him, so he drew a handgun and shot the dog in the right shoulder.

According to the report, the dog was in the middle of the street by the time the shot was fired. The animal moved back a few feet before charging the complainant a second time, but, this time, a shout at the dog was sufficient to cause it to retreat.
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C.J. Grishem's Guns Finally Returned (Founder of Open Carry Texas)

C.J. Grisham fought for, and passed, open carry legislation in Texas, partially restoring a right infringed on for more than 147 years.

The weapons seized more than four years ago from Temple resident C.J. Grisham after his arrest by the Temple Police Department were finally returned to him Friday.

A video by Grisham’s son of the arrest went viral in the case that gained national attention and sparked the founding by Grisham of Open Carry Texas, a gun rights activist group.

The guns and ammunition were picked up at the Bell County Sheriff’s Department, which was one of the entities contacted in December 2013 that claimed it didn’t have the guns.

“I’m relieved that after 1,567 days, I finally have the guns back that were stolen from me by Temple Police Department on a back country road where I was minding my own business,” Gri­sham said Wednesday.

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ME: Harvey Lembo will not be Prosecuted for Using Russian Nagant Revolver

Harvey Lembo, a Rockland resident who shot an intruder who broke into his apartment in an attempt to rob him, will not be prosecuted, according to the Knox County District Attorney.

Lembo, 69, shot Christopher Wildhaber, 47, during the Aug. 31, 2015 attempted burglary at Park Place apartments. Lembo, who is disabled, had bought the 7 mm Russian-made handgun that he used to shoot Wildhaber just days before the attempted burglary. Lembo said he purchased the gun because his apartment had been broken into three times previously.

“The Knox County Office of the District Attorney has reviewed this matter, and we have declined prosecution,” District Attorney Jonathan Liberman said in a July 6 email.
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Followup IN: No Charges for Dean Keller shooting Jeffrey S. Weigle

The June 27 showdown was captured on security video, Cooper said, noting it clearly shows Jeffrey S. Weigle, 59, raising a handgun just before Dean Keller, 49, shot him multiple times in the 1200 block of Campbell Road just east of Greenwood.

Keller claimed self-defense. Cooper agreed.

"The decision to not file charges on Keller was a simple application of Indiana law and should not be looked upon as condoning the behavior of either party," Cooper said.
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AK: Bear Shot in "Defense of Life and Property"

The homeowner, whom police did not identify, told officers he was in the process of "re-securing his trash trailer" when he saw the sow and three cubs in his yard with trash.

"He said (he) was able to scare off the bears with an air horn. He said he then grabbed a gun and went back out to pick up the trash left behind by the bears. When he noticed the bears had returned, he sounded the air horn for a second time, and at that time, he said, the sow charged him," according to a police summary. "He said he then fired his gun and shot and killed the bear."

Police said the cubs remained in the area but eventually left. No one was injured and no citations were issued, according to police.

Marsh said at this point, both July 4 bear shootings were considered in "defense of life or property."

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Saturday, July 08, 2017

GA: Off Duty Officer Shoots, Kills Man who was Stabbing Woman

Authorities tell news outlets that Brunswick Officer Aldrid Spaulding III was in the area Monday evening, and someone alerted him to a domestic dispute outside an apartment.

The bureau says David Leon Bell was stabbing the woman when Spaulding arrived and the officer shot him.
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OK; Gunfight, Fireworks Owner's Son Survives, Robbery Suspect Dies

The stand’s owner said the robbers fired a shot first, so his son fired back. Deputies say the son ran after two men and jumped into the bed of their truck.

Authorities say the shooter’s father got into his car and followed the truck to 65th and Edison where deputies say the surviving person of interest ran away empty-handed.
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OH: Woman Shoots, Kills Man Attempting Break-In

A Dayton resident shot and killed a man who tried to enter her home Tuesday evening, according to Dayton Police.

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NICS Background Checks Continue High for June, 2017

The Trump era of the National Instant Criminal Background  Check System  (NICS) checks has finished its first six months.

The NICS checks for June, 2017 were 1,901,768.  That is the second highest number of NICS checks for any June. The highest was in 2016, with 2,131,485. The third highest June was in 2015, with 1,529,057.  Both of those were driven by fear that strong gun control measures might be passed by President Obama. 

Firearm sales and NICS checks have not dropped precipitously with a Trump presidency as expected.  Instead, gun sales and NICS checks have stayed at high, near record, or record levels in 2017.  The total background checks for the first half of 2017 are 12,601,102.  That is on track to be higher than any other previous year, except for 2017, which has the current record. The June, 2017 NICS checks are 89% of the 2017 figures.

The high number of NICS checks reflects an expanded base of firearms owners and shooters who are buying more guns under the expectation of a prosperous Trump Presidency. 

The firearms inventory is high, with many manufacturers lowering prices.  AR 15 type rifles have become the most popular rifle in America. Prices have plummeted. A base AR 15 can be purchased for under $500.  Ammunition prices are falling back toward where they were before President Obama.

The number of people with carry licenses continues to soar. There are over 15 million. At the time of this report, the number has likely surpassed 16 million. They are 5-15% of voters in many states, some crucial swing states like Pennsylvania, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin. When a carry permit is obtained or renewed, another NICS check is done.

Kentucky contributes to the number of NICS checks by performing a NICS check on every Kentucky concealed carry permit holder every month. Kentucky performs nearly three million checks every year.

The fear of violence from the Left, as shown in Berkley, Portland, the District of Columbia, and San Francisco, may be leading to more firearm sales.

The media propaganda against President Trump has driven people on the left to buy guns and ammunition.

There has been a gradual increase in the use of NICS for things other than firearm sales.  The increases are for such transactions as the sales of suppressors/silencer, and even checks on school teachers.

The average ratio, of the number of NICS checks to additions of firearms to the private stock in the United States, over 15 years, is a little less than .6 NICS checks per firearm.

If that ratio holds true, over 7.5 million guns were added to the private stock in the first half of 2017.

The expected drop in firearms sales has been minimal. Sales are at historical high levels, only a little less than the records set in 2016.  If the economy continues to pick up, 2017 could become a record year for NICS checks.

 ©2017 by Dean Weingarten: Permission to share is granted when this notice and link are included.

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Friday, July 07, 2017

Australian Gun Culture Climate of Fear

Australian Farm Guns

One of my hosts in Australia gave me a lead for a story.  They knew someone with an extensive gun collection. Directions were given; the collector had been called and was waiting.  A local who was known to the collector would drive me there and make introductions.

The directions were complex, typical rural directions: follow this road; go up this hill; make a right, then go a ways and make a left. Look for the long drive with such and such a fence..

My driver understood them perfectly, and we arrived at the correct place.  The collector had a nice display, similar to many I have seen in the United States. There were deer rifles, shotguns, and a .22. There was a reloading bench and empty cases.

I asked if I could take pictures.  No problem, said the collector. Knowing a bit about Donald Eykamp's case, I was not so certain.

The collector was adamant. His set-up had been approved by the police. There was nothing to worry about. Donald Eycamp's case was a rare exception.

To my untrained eye, there were a number of "gray" areas. The fact that I could see several firearms on display was the most obvious.

We talked about guns, and legislation, and hunting. The collector was a strong supporter of the existing system. He saw no practical use for pistols. He had never been interested in them. It was clear he was an accomplished marksman.

The next day, Donald and I were performing some chores for the Eykamp farm. A part was needed for a critical piece of machinery.  As we drove to get it, I expressed misgivings about publishing an article about the collector. It seemed far too risky.  Why put an innocent man at risk for what was a plain Jane story of gun ownership?

A couple of hours later, we arrived back at the farm. A phone was in the hands of one of the Eykamps. I was called over. Had I published the story? No.

The Collector and his wife had thought it over. No, please do not publish the story, they pleaded. Her voice was frightened.  Please do not publish any pictures, any names, or any thing that might identify where I had been and who I had talked to. It was simply too risky.  Having come to the same conclusion, I attempted to reassure them. I suspect they are anxiously wondering if this Yank can be trusted.

Later, I visited a local gun store.  This one, the first Australian gun store I visited, reminded me of gun stores I have seen in large urban centers. The name was non-descript, and had nothing relating to guns about it. No signage indicated anything to do with guns. The shop was part of another building, with parking in the back. Once parked you approached a formidable door with a buzzer and an intercom.  To enter, you buzzed the shop, and stated your name and purpose. I had a local customer with me for an introduction, so we entered without a problem.

This is in rural Australia, which has a crime rate similar to Vermont; which is to say, almost none.  The owner was clear: he did not wish to be photographed.

Australians on the Internet tell me there is no problem having guns in Australia.  The local police are not bad blokes, and inspections are not common. But when they have time to think of potential consequences, the fear becomes apparent. Many of these gun owners are prosperous. They have a tremendous amount to lose, not just in money, but in reputation, and in lifelong heirlooms and treasured hunting guns.

I wasn't too surprised the collector and his wife had second thoughts about featuring him in a story made public to half the world.  It was not safe.

The Australian police forces are structured differently than police in the United States. Most police functions are done by state police. These police may view a posting to rural Australia as a punishment. This means new and young police officers may not have strong ties to the community that they police. It is these officers who are most likely to find irregularities in gray areas of the law.  A large "bust" with the confiscation of an "arsenal" could be a ticket to a more desired assignment in a large city.

Crime has generally been low in Australia. Several studies have shown that the gun laws made no difference in the Australian crime rates.

The "crimes" committed by legal gun owners in Australia are so rare as to be nearly undetectable.  But the purpose of the gun law in Australia is not to reduce crime. It is to reduce the number of gun owners. The number of legal Australian guns has increased, once people became used to the byzantine twists and requirements of the strict Australian laws put in place since 1996.  Those who want a disarmed Australia say that is proof the gun laws are not strong enough.

Australian gun owners have good reason to fear strict enforcement of their laws.  It is far too easy to violate them, even with all the common sense and good intentions that can be garnered in rural Australia.

©2017 by Dean Weingarten: Permission to share is granted when this notice and link are included.

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